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Balotelli ruled out of England friendly

Italy's national soccer player Mario Balotelli walks during a visit to former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, in this file photo taken June 6, 2012. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

ROME: Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has withdrawn from the Italy squad for Wednesday's friendly against England in the Swiss capital Bern, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) announced on Monday.

Balotelli, who starred in Italy's run to the final of Euro 2012, is suffering from conjunctivitis and has been replaced in the squad by young Udinese attacker Diego Fabbrini.

Wednesday's friendly is a re-match of June's Euro 2012 quarter-final in Kiev, which Italy won 4-2 on penalties after a goalless 120 minutes.

 

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