Ezequiel Schelotto is still smiling despite being cut from Italy’s Euro 2012 plans earlier on Monday.
“It was an experience which I will never forget,” the Argentine-born wide player stated on his Twitter account.
“Being a part of this national set-up will remain in my heart forever. I would like to say thank you to everyone.”
The former Italian Under-21 international was one of a surprise number of inclusions in Prandelli’s initial long-list.
Schelotto, two goals in 37 Serie A games this term, had previously never even been called-up to the Giro Azzurro.
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