The Manchester City forward played the majority of the Azzurri’s games in Ukraine and Poland, and scored a decisive brace against Germany in the competition semi-finals.
However, the temperamental attacker marched down the tunnel straight away after Italy’s 4-0 final defeat to Spain and the Swindon boss feels that Balotelli’s attitude needs to improve.
“Balotelli is just selfish. He deserves a lot of slaps,” Di Canio told The Sun.
“Against Germany he did two good things but in the end I saw a player who was just waiting to celebrate.
“Balotelli does not play for the team, only for himself.
“He is an egotist, who thinks the world revolves around him.
“Guys like Balotelli deserve lots of slaps rather than pats on the shoulder. Antonio Cassano led the team to the final,” he stated.
By Gareth McKnight