Friday March 25 2011
Prandelli will help Balotelli

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has promised to help Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.

The 20-year-old was left out of the latest Italy squad after his sending off against Dynamo Kiev.

Prandelli has implemented a new ethical code, which all players have to respect.

Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi was also excluded following his ban for violent conduct after throwing an elbow at Shakhtar Donetsk full-back Darijo Srna.

Speaking to Rai ahead of tonight's Euro 2012 qualifier against Slovenia, Prandelli said: "For Mario, the important thing is that there is a reflection on his mistakes.

"He has felt this unease and is regretful. He has asked for help and we will stay close to him to help in his development.

"My rallying cry is work, work, work. And I strongly believe in Italy's renewal.

"I don't find the great number of talented players Slovenia are producing to be unbelievable. Nothing is unbelievable if there is planning and your idea of football is cultivated. Another Franco Baresi will emerge, of that I am sure.

"We played well in Germany, but there weren't three points on the table: here there is, and for them it's the game of the year. But it would be great to win during the celebrations of Italy's unification."