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Italy CT Roberto Mancini expected to adjust starting XI vs France

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Italy Head Coach Roberto Mancini is expected to make several changes to his starting XI as the Azzurri clash with France.

In his second match in charge of the Italian National Team, Roberto Mancini will tinker with the starting lineup he fielded last weekend in the narrow 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, Mancini will run out the following XI vs France:

(4-3-3): Sirigu; Zappacosta, Caldara, Bonucci, De Sciglio; Pellegrini, Jorginho, Cristante; Chiesa, Balotelli, Bonaventura.

Mancini confirmed the goalkeeper switch from Gianluigi Donnarumma to Sirigu in his press conference yesterday, while also admitting that striker Mario Balotelli – who was rumoured to be given the armband after a racist banner hung during the match last weekend in Switzerland – could be a game-time decision due to a muscular problem.

It is expected the 53-year old will once again experiment in his encounter with Les Bleus in an effort to usher in a new era with ‘La Nazionale’ and give opportunity where deserved.

Italy and France will kick off inside the home ground of Balotelli’s former club Nice, Allianz Riviera, at 03:00pm EST.

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