Mario Balotelli still needs to learn that team-work can be a weapon, according to his national team coach Cesare Prandelli.
The sulky 21-year-old looks set to start for Italy against Spain in their European Championship Group C opener on Sunday.
But his coach wants the Manchester City striker to understand that good team play can be just as impressive a trait as brilliant individuality.
After praising Balotelli's behaviour with the national team, Prandelli said: "As for progress, he can't just think about how he can be important to the team, he must understand that being generous to the team can be an extra weapon for us."
Italian headcoach Cesare Prandelli (R) speaks with Italian forward Mario Balotelli on as he takes part in a training session of the Italy's national football team on June 9, 2012 at the PGE Stadium in Gdansk on the eve of the Euro 2012 football championships match against Spain. AFP PHOTO/ CHRISTOF STACHE