Should Italy have called up Balotelli instead of Gabbiadini?


So Italy won't be at Russia 2018. The Azzurri were held to a goalless draw in Monday's second leg in Milan meaning they lost their World Cup play-off tie to Sweden 1-0 on aggregate. It's the first time Italy won't be at a World Cup since 1958. And who should take the blame? Ultimately the buck must stop with manager Gian Piero Ventura who didn't do himself any favours with his attacking line-up which included leaving Lorenzo Insigne on the bench in favour of Manolo Gabbiadini. He also decided against calling up Mario Balotelli who is capable of producing moments of magic when needed like this recent screamer against Rennes for Nice.

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