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Ex- United striker backs Balotelli to find his shooting boots

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AC Milan and Italy striker Mario Balotelli will find his scoring boots again, according to national team-mate Giuseppe Rossi. 

The former Manchester City live-wire has failed to net for club or country since he scored during Italy's 2-2 draw with Armenia on October 15, and again failed to find the net against lowly Nigeria at Craven Cottage last night. 

However, former Manchester United man Rossi has backed his strike partner to find the net sooner rather than later. 

"He is a good guy like me. I feel comfortable playing alongside him. He just needs to be calm and serene because sooner or later he will find the goal that is missing."

Balotelli hasn't netted for Milan since his Champions League goal against Ajax on October 1, with the former Italian giants suffering a poor start to their Serie A campaign. 

Rossi is currently enjoying a purple patch having returned from career-threatening injuries to his knee. He took just 12 minutes to find the net, and thanked his goal-shy team mate for the assist. 

"Even if he didn't score against Nigeria, he did provide me with a wonderful assist," he said after the game. 

The ex-United star is at the other end of the spectrum compared to 'Super Mario', currently sitting top of Serie A's goal scoring charts having netted 11 goals already this term for Fiorentina. 

The forward is hoping to force his way into Cesare Prandelli's squad for Brazil, hailing them as a "great group."

"I am delighted to have scored but more importantly, with the performance of the team. 

"We played a great game against Nigeria and all of those who played, honoured the jersey. 

"We are a great group and I think we proved that."

Balotelli would have been even less impressed witnessing Shola Ameobi's fine finish, meaning the Nigerian international and Newcastle United forward - who has never been renowned for being prolific - has scored more goals in the last month than his Italian rival. 

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