“We have to give another chance to talented players,” said Prandelli, who names his squad next week. “And talent he has. But he shouldn’t put a foot wrong and I’m certain he won’t.”
Prandelli believes his side will be weakened by injuries and loss of form.
“The potential of the side has been cut by 50%, because of injuries in the last six or seven months or because so many players have lost their place.”
Villarreal’s Giuseppe Rossi is out after rupturing a knee ligament, while fellow striker Antonio Cassano of AC Milan only returned in April after six months off with a heart problem. Alessandro Matri and Giampaolo Pazzini have lost their places at Juventus and Inter Milan while Balotelli has not played since his latest suspension.
* Newcastle playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa is a surprise inclusion in the initial list of 12 overseas-based players selected for France’s Euro 2012 training squad. Ben Arfa is joined by club-mate Yohan Cabaye and Man City pair Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy, centre-halves Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) and Younes Kaboul (Spurs), Man United full-back Patrice Evra and Chelsea winger Florent Malouda. The final 23-man squad must be submitted to UEFA by May 29.