Whether Mario Balotelli should return to Italy and whether he should return to the Azzurri, are two totally different subject matters. The irony is that for one to succeed, the other perhaps should not happen.
Even as Mario told Rai Television that he is “mature and ready to return to Italy”, the alarm bells in the distance could be heard. At this moment in time there is a strong argument that his new-found maturity does warrant a place in the Italian squad, but the environment seems key to longevity.
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