Italian coach Antonio Conte insists Mario Baloteli must show an awful lot to make his squad for the European championship next summer.
The Azzuri boss made a withering response to Balotelli’s social media post saying he “can’t wait” for Euro 2016 by asking if he’ll prefer playing or watching the tournament on television.
However in his reply to the Instagram post by Baloteli, the former Juventus coach Conte said: “[He] can’t wait for what – to play in the European championship or to watch on television?
“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.”