Tuesday February 5 2013
Prandelli praises Balo & El Shaarawy

Italy national team boss Cesare Prandelli has praised Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy ahead of the Azzurri's match against Netherlands.

The Milan pairing will to start together up front against the Oranje on Wednesday evening, and the 55-year-old Coach has insisted that it is a very modern partnership.

“I do not remember seeing a second striker like El Shaarawy,” he told a Press conference. “Someone who contributes so much to the team defensively.

“Balotelli meanwhile must become our central focus.

“He is not a striker in the old-fashioned sense – but a modern forward who can, and must continue, to score every time he gets a chance.”