Monday August 13 2012
Balotelli to skip England game

Mario Balotelli will miss Italy’s first fixture of the 2012-13 campaign, as conjunctivitis rules him out of Wednesday’s friendly with England.

Cesare Prandelli named the Manchester City forward in his squad to face Roy Hodgson’s men this midweek in Bern, Switzerland.

However, having sat out City’s Community Shield win over Chelsea yesterday, the young forward is understood to also be missing the Azzurri’s fixture due to the eye condition.

The first training session under Prandelli takes place early afternoon on Monday, with Balotelli not present and Udinese youngster Diego Fabbrini having been called up in his place.

England have already had three of their party pull out of the August friendly through injury.