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Thursday March 22 2012
Prandelli on Balo, Cassano and Rossi

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli is hoping to have Mario Balotelli, Antonio Cassano and Giuseppe Rossi all available for Euro 2012.

The Manchester City man’s international career has been halted for breaking the code of ethics imposed by the tactician, while Cassano and Rossi are currently sidelined.

“In my mind, Balotelli is a first team player, but in order for me to keep thinking that way then Balotelli has to prove his form on the pitch, as well as an ability to control his personality,” the Coach noted.

“We have a code of ethics in the squad – rules have to be observed and behaviour respected. Omitting him from the squad is one way of imposing discipline.

“I only know one way of taking a squad forward and that is running it like a family. You have to have rules, otherwise it all becomes difficult. I think of all the players as sons.

“Mario knows our rules, there's no need to repeat them and it's tiring to have to keep coming back to it.”

Balotelli was left out of the squad which lost to USA in February for his violent conduct dismissal against Tottenham earlier this year.

The Roma duo of Daniele De Rossi and Daniel Pablo Osvaldo have also been ignored in the past for on-field misdemeanours.

Meanwhile, the former Fiorentina boss is keeping his fingers crossed that his first-choice strike duo of Cassano and Rossi will soon be back in action.

“I’m counting on recovering both Cassano and Rossi by May. They were important players for me during the qualifiers.”

The Milan man has been sidelined since October after he underwent heart surgery, while the Villarreal ace is hoping to be back in April following knee ligament damage.

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