Atalanta’s Ezequiel Schelotto is hoping to be a part of Italy’s Euro 2012 campaign despite being born in Argentina.
The South American is the latest Oriundo to be handed an Azzurri chance after he was named in Cesare Prandelli’s initial 32-man preliminary squad.
Although never capped or even called up before Prandelli’s announcement eight days ago, he insists he’s ready to fight for the peninsula.
“I want to debut with the full national side,” the 22-year-old told La Repubblica. “I will always defend this shirt because I feel Italian.
“I dedicate this selection to my family, Atalanta and my Italian great grandfather given that I wouldn’t have a passport without him.
“I already know the national anthem and I’ll sing it – I already have done given my past with the Italian Under-21 side.”
The midfielder, with a past at Cesena and Catania, scored two goals in 37 Serie A games for the Bergamo boys this term.