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Door remains open for Mario Balotelli

Italy's interim coach Luigi Di Biagio says the door is still open for maverick striker Mario Balotelli who was once again overlooked for this month's friendlies, despite scoring regularly for Ligue 1 side Nice.

The 27-year-old has scored 22 goals in 31 appearances in all competitions for the French side this season.

Italy face Argentina in Manchester on Friday and England at Wembley four days later, their first matches since November when they failed to qualify for this year's World Cup in Russia.

Di Biagio, coach of the Under-21 side, has been temporarily promoted to replace Gian Piero Ventura, fired after they were beaten 1-0 on aggregate by Sweden in a two-leg World Cup playoff.

The former midfielder also spoke about the sudden death of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori, who won 14 caps for Italy. Astori died two weeks ago at the age of 31 and prosecutors said that a cardiac arrest was the most probable cause.

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