Monday May 21 2012
Lazzerini ‘called up’ by Italy

Fiorentina youngster Luca Lazzerini has been called up by Italy boss Cesare Prandelli to help in training this week.

Prandelli has named a 32-man preliminary squad for Euro 2012 which includes four goalkeepers.

However, only Emiliano Viviano of Palermo is available to start training with the set-up given the club commitments of the three others.

Juventus’ Gigi Buffon, Morgan De Sanctis of Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain’s Salvatore Sirigu won’t join up with the rest of the squad until next week.

As a result, Prandelli has asked Lazzerini, still just 17, to act as cover for the trio until they are at the disposal of the squad.

“It was a great feeling when I got the call because it was so unexpected,” stated the goalkeeper who was born in Rome.

“I’ll look to learn as much as possible from the champions in the squad. I thank Fiorentina and my teammates for helping me grow.

“Buffon is an idol for all young Italian goalkeepers, he’s the very best and a complete goalkeeper. He’s also humble and polite.

“My dream? To become a Serie A player and hopefully one day appear for Fiorentina.”

Lazzerini will leave the squad once one of the three goalkeepers arrives at Coverciano.