Introducing Mario Barwuah Balotelli
- Wed 06 Jun 2012, 7:48AM
- Posted by Mark Booth
Welcome to a decidedly Super Mario-centric episode of What the Media Says on another busy day in the life of the Manchester City forward.
Sky Sports also report that Super Mario will wear both of his family names on the back of his shirt for the upcoming tournament, which is bad news for Italians who might have already invested in shirt printing for their Euro 2012 jerseys.
In more Mario news, AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has distanced himself from rumours linking the Rossoneri with the 21-year old striker.
Mario will not come to Milan, I hope that he matures - a player's career is short. He must not regret the mistakes he has made.
Mario could cross paths with his City teammate Joe Hart in the quarter-finals of the tournament and the Daily Mail reports that the Premier League’s Golden Gloves winner has impressed the England manager and captain in training.
“You should have seen Joe Hart in training,' said Steven Gerrard.
He just makes world-class saves, jumps back to his feet and prepares for the next shot like nothing has happened. The rest of us are just looking at him, like what the hell was that? But it’s just normal to him. Amazing.
Roy Hodgson was similarly convinced by Hart’s competence, comparing England’s current no.1 to Gordon Banks.
“His form for Manchester City has been superb and when he has played for England he has done very well. If we are to do well there is no doubt we will need Joe Hart in top form.”
Finally, England's Group D opponents France shrugged off their indifferent recent form to bag a confidence swelling 4-0 win over Estonia in their final warm up match. Samir Nasri played for 73 minutes as Karim Benzema hit a brace to send Les Bleus off to Poland and Ukraine in style.