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'He has to give more': Italy manager Roberto Mancini challenges Mario Balotelli to play better if he wants to play for his country at next year's European Championships

Italy manager Roberto Mancini admits Mario Balotelli needs improve his form if he wants to play at next summer's European Championships.

The Azzurri boss worked with Balotelli at both Inter Milan and Manchester City and was called up to the national team for the first time in four years by Mancini in the summer of 2018.

However, Balotelli was dropped again a few months later by Mancini and the Italy manager has challenged the striker to improve his game at Brescia if he wants to appear for his country again.

Italy manager Roberto Mancini (right) has called on Mario Balotelli (left) to improve his form
Mancini brought Balotelli back to the international stage in 2018 but dropped him again

Mancini told Sky Sports: 'In terms of the qualities he [Balotelli] has, he is one of the best around, but that's not enough.