Conte hints Balotelli will watch Euro 2016 on television

Reuters , Sunday 13 Dec 2015

Italy's Mario Balotelli reacts as he receives a yellow card from referee Marco Rodriguez of Mexico during their 2014 World Cup Group D soccer match against Uruguay at the Dunas arena in Natal June 24, 2014 (Reuters)

Italy forward Mario Balotelli has said that he cannot not wait for Euro 2016, prompting coach Antonio Conte to ask sarcastically the maverick striker would be playing or watching on television.

Balotelli reacted enthusiastically to Italy's draw against Belgium, Ireland and Sweden, posting their names on Instagram along with the words "I can't wait."

In reply, Conte said: "(He) can't wait for play in the European championship or to watch on television?"

Balotelli, plagued by fitness and form problems, has been picked only once since Conte took over following Italy's group stage exit at the World Cup.

"It's up to him to show he can be included, just as it is with the others," Conte told Italian reporters. "But he has got so, so much to prove."

"I haven't drawn any conclusions so far. I will watch everyone carefully, but I also know who has got us this far, and I know the players.

"Anyone who wants to come in has got to show me an awful lot."

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