Italy recently played a goalless draw against Ukraine in the Euro 2024 Qualifiers. The match at BayArena earlier this week saw Ukraine and Italy ending in a 0-0 stalemate.
In this game, Italy managed only two shots on target. Giacomo Raspadori, entrusted as the striker, attempted three shots, none of which found the target, according to ESPN FC data.
Gianluca Scamacca, who came on as a substitute for Raspadori, took just one shot, missing the mark.
These striker statistics trouble Balotelli, who hopes to be called up by the national team coach Luciano Spalletti.
“If I’m okay, I still consider myself the strongest. Did Raspadori and Scamacca play well yesterday? How many shots did they take combined? Two? I want to recover and play for the national team,” Balotelli emphasized to Football Italia.
“I always hope for the call-up. I met Spalletti, and I have met him several times. We joked when we met in a friendly match with Napoli, but I don’t have a relationship,” he added.
Currently recovering from a knee injury, Balotelli, playing for Adana Demirspor in the Turkish League, has scored three goals in five matches. With this performance, Balotelli is eager to receive a call-up to the Italy national team.