Italian soccer player, Mario Balotelli has been called-up to the Italy training camp, more than three years after his last cap.
This development has triggered mixed reactions from both in his homeland and around Europe.
As Italy boss Roberto Mancini plan for World Cup play-off semi-final with North Macedonia, the former Manchester City player was named amongst 36 players selected for a three-day camp.
Balotelli 31, who now plies his trade in Adana Demirspor of Turkey will be joining the Italian national team to start their quest to win the two rounds of play-offs in order to qualify for Qatar after finishing second to Switzerland in qualifying.
Part of the reactions of Ballotell’s comeback is the comment from Italian football journalist Daniele Verri who claimed that says the potential return of Balotelli, who has scored 14 goals in 36 caps, is like the manager “going back to a second-hand car” but thinks fans “owe Mancini some faith”.
Mancini who responded to the comments on Wednesday said, “He must not promise me anything, as I must not promise him anything,”. “We will evaluate if he can help.”
According to a Turkish writer, there are also claims that Balotelli is a changed person when it comes to off-field antics, also stressing that has impressed this season.