Mario Balotelli given Euro 2012 boost by Italy coach Cesare Prandelli


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Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has said the Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli will be an integral part of his team for Euro 2012.

"I never really thought of doing this without Balotelli, as he is a focal point of the national team," Prandelli said. "Have I made peace with Balotelli? Yes, although to be honest we never argued in the first place.

"I like those who stand upand accept responsibility for their actions."