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No Italy recall for Giovinco because MLS ‘doesn’t matter much’

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Giampiero Ventura was blunt in his reasoning for leaving the Toronto FC striker out of his latest squad.

MLS: Playoffs-Toronto FC at New York City FC Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

It does not look as if Sebastian Giovinco’s chances of playing for Italy will improve under new coach Giampiero Ventura.

Giovinco made only two substitute appearances - despite playing well in the minutes he was given - under Ventura’s predecessor Antonio Conte and was left out of the Azzurri’s squad for Euro 2016.

Conte, at least, paid lip service to the idea of calling up Giovinco if he felt his performances merited it but Ventura was far more blunt in his assessment when asked about the Toronto FC star’s absence from his latest squad.

“Giovinco is a different story,” he said according to ESPN. “I have done everything to help him but the reality is that he plays in a league that doesn't matter much. And the number of goals he scores is less important because with the quality he has got, he is bound to make a difference in that league.

“The problem is that if you play in that type of league, and you get used to playing in that type of league [and] it becomes a problem of mentality.”

Ventura also left Nice striker Mario Balotelli out of the 29-man squad, which features only four players not playing their club football in Italy.

More tomorrow.