Fiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi backs Mario Balotelli to fire once more

Mario Balotelli endured a frustrating night against Nigeria. Photo: PA

Italy striker Giuseppe Rossi is confident compatriot Mario Balotelli will soon end his goalscoring drought.

Balotelli played for 90 minutes against Nigeria in Monday's international friendly in London but failed to get on the scoresheet despite having a hatful of chances to do so.

The AC Milan forward has not found the back of the net since scoring the equaliser in Italy's 2-2 draw against Armenia on October 15, while his last goal with the Rossoneri outfit dates back to October 1.

"Balotelli is a good guy like me," Rossi said after the game. "I feel comfortable playing alongside him.

"He needs to be calm and serene because sooner or later he will find the goal that is missing.

"Even if he didn't score against Nigeria he did provide me with a wonderful assist."

Italy draw with Nigeria

Rossi was on the scoresheet for Italy against NIgeria. Credit: PA

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The Fiorentina striker is the Serie A's top scorer with 11 goals this season and he was satisfied with Italy's last game of 2013.

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

"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."

Rossi is set to earn a spot in Cesare Prandelli's final squad for next year's World Cup but admits the competition for places will be fierce.

"We have so many great players and anyone can play," Rossi said. "The important thing is that whoever is chosen gives their best."