Italy forward Mario Balotelli left out of Italy's 23 to face Portugal
LISBON, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Italy forward Mario Balotelli, widely criticised for his performance in a 1-1 draw against Poland on Friday, has not even made the substitutes' bench for Monday's UEFA Nations League match away to Portugal.
Earlier, former Poland forwards Zbigniew Boniek, now the head of his country's football association (PZPN), joined the criticism of Balotelli's display on Friday where the 28-year-old did not appear match fit.
The game was Balotelli's first of the season after months of lengthy transfer negotiations which ended with him deciding to stay with his French club Nice.
"Balotelli was not prepared for a match like that, from a physical point of view," Boniek told state broadcaster RAI in a radio interview.
"It's his fault if he's not ready. A professional player cannot present himself in those conditions, he's no use to anyone."