Antonio Conte omits Mario Balotelli from provisional Italy Euro 2016 squad

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Italy manager Antonio Conte named his provisional squad for the European Championship on Monday, and his selection was notable as much for the player he left off as for those he chose.

Milan's Mario Balotelli will not be part of the team for the championship matches, which start on June 10. That is not a huge surprise; Conte has named the mercurial striker only once since taking over in 2014.

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

Veteran midfielder Andrea Pirlo and winger Sebastian Giovinco were also omitted.

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Italy is in Group E of the 24-team tournament, along with Belgium, Sweden, and the Republic of Ireland. They face Marc Wilmots' Belgian side as their first opponent on June 13.

AC Milan captain Riccardo Montolivo and Paris St Germain midfielder Thiago Motta have been called up, but their physical condition still needs to be verified.

Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio and Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin will miss the championship because of injuries.

The 23-man Euro 2016 squad will be announced on May 31.

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Federico Marchetti (Lazio), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint Germain)

Defenders: Davide Astori (Fiorentina), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Angelo Obinze Ogbonna (West Ham), Daniele Rugani (Juventus)

Wingers: Federico Bernardeschi (Fiorentina), Antonio Candreva (Lazio), Matteo Darmian (Manchester United), Mattia De Sciglio (Milan), Stephan El Shaarawy (Roma), Davide Zappacosta (Torino)

Midfielders: Marco Benassi (Torino), Giacomo Bonaventura (Milan), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Emanuele Giaccherini (Bologna), Jorge Luiz Jorginho (Napoli), Riccardo Montolivo (Milan), Thiago Motta (Paris Saint Germain), Marco Parolo (Lazio), Stefano Sturaro (Juventus)

Forwards: Citadin Martins Eder (Inter), Ciro Immobile (Torino), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Graziano Pelle (Southampton), Simone Zaza (Juventus)

Auxiliary goalkeeper: Alex Meret (Udinese)

(Compiled by Silvia Recchimuzzi in Gdynia, editing by Larry King)

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Football Soccer - Juventus v Milan - Italian Cup Final - Olympic stadium, Rome, Italy - 21/05/16 AC Milan's Mario Balotelli looks on before the match against Juventus. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
MILAN, ITALY - APRIL 13, 2008: Mario Balotelli of FC Inter Milan during the 'Serie A' 2007-2008 match, round 33, between FC Inter Milan and Fiorentina at the 'Giuseppe Meazza' stadium in Milan.
VERONA, ITALY - MAY 10: Luca Rigoni of AC Chievo Verona and Mario Balotelli of Inter Milan in action during the Serie A match between AC Chievo Verona and Inter Milan at the Stadio Bentegodi on May 10, 2009 in Verona, Italy. (Photo by New Press/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - APRIL 03: Mario Balotelli of Inter in action during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale Milano and Bologna FC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on April 3, 2010 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
Italian footballer Mario Balotelli (L) poses for photographers with Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini at their Carrington training complex in Manchester, north-west England, on August 17, 2010. Balotelli agreed a five-year contract with the Premier League club and is City's fifth big-money signing since the end of last season, taking their spending to over 100 million pounds (121 million euros) after the arrivals of Jerome Boateng, David Silva, Yaya Toure and Aleksandar Kolarov. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES FOR EDITORIAL USE Additional licence required for any commercial/promotional use or use on TV or internet (except identical online version of newspaper) of Premier League/Football League photos. Tel DataCo +44 207 2981656. Do not alter/modify photo (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)
Manchester City's Italian player Mario Balotelli gestures during an English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge in London, on December 12, 2011. AFP PHOTO/IAN KINGTON RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ââ¬Åliveââ¬Â services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Italy's Mario Balotelli plays the ball during a friendly soccer match between Poland and Italy in Wroclaw, Poland, Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. Italy defeated Poland by 2-0. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi, center, celebrates with his teammates Mario Balotelli, left, and Claudio Marchisio after scoring, during a World Cup Group B qualifying soccer match between Italy and Denmark, in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, Oct.16, 2012. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
FILE -- In this July 1, 2012 file photo, Italy's Mario Balotelli, center and Spain's Jordi Alba fight for the ball during the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine. Four years after his goals propelled Italy into the European Championship final, Mario Balotelli won't even get a chance to play in this year's tournament. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
AC Milan's Mario Balotelli, right, celebrates with teammate Stephan El Shaarawy after scoring during a Serie A soccer match between Livorno and AC Milan in Leghorn, Italy, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Francesco Speranza)
Liverpool's Mario Balotelli during their English Premier League soccer match against Newcastle United at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
Liverpool's Mario Balotelli during their English Premier League soccer match against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, England, Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
AC Milan's Mario Balotelli looks down during a Serie A soccer match against Sassuolo, at Reggio Emilia's Mapei stadium, Italy, Sunday, March 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Marco Vasini)
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