Roberto Mancini is Italy coach

Roberto Mancini is Italy coach

"We'll definitely consider him and we'll probably call him", Mancini said at his presentation on Tuesday.

Balotelli, who has not played for Italy since the 2014 World Cup, featured under Mancini at both Inter Milan and Manchester City.

During their time at City, Mancini often clashed with the troublesome star. Gli Azzurri sacked Ventura after failing to qualify for this summer's World Cup.

Four-time world champions Italy are at an all time low of 20th in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings after losing 1-0 on aggregate to Sweden in a play-off for a place in Russia.

At Euro 2012, Balotelli's goals helped Italy reach the final. Mancini said it was the right moment in his career to take on the challenge of coaching his country.

"I want to be the head coach who brings Italy back to where we belong in Europe and in the world". "I'm proud, for someone like me who came to Coverciano with the Under-14s in 1978, becoming Coach of the national team is one of the most lovely things that could happen".


"My relationship with the national team lasted a long time, I think I was the only one to have Bearzot, Vicini and Sacchi as CT".

New Italy manager Roberto Mancini hopes to restore the Azzurri to their former glory - and may recall Mario Balotelli.

Mancini's first match in charge will be a friendly against Saudi Arabia on May 28 before matches with France and Holland on June 1 and June 4. He also won Italian Cups with Inter, Fiorentina and Lazio.

His Zenit team finished the Russian Premier League in fifth after beating relegated SKA Khabarovsk 6-0 on Sunday. The Nations League, the first important commitment, starts soon.

Italy's soccer national team new coach Roberto Mancini shows a jersey of the Italian team during his first press conference at Coverciano Sporting Center, in Florence, Italy, Tuesday May 15, 2018.

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