Lorenzo Insigne “understands” Giuseppe Rossi or Mattia Destro’s anger after he beat them to a World Cup spot.
The Napoli starlet spoke at a Press conference from the Azzurri’s training camp ahead of Saturday’s World Cup opener with England.
“I knew that all the strikers called up in the provisional squad had scored many goals compared to my record, so I was the underdog,” confessed the versatile forward.
“I arrived with the right optimism to work, to show what I can do and earn a call-up.”
The decision to call Insigne rather than Fiorentina hitman Rossi or Roma centre-forward Destro caused controversy.
“It’s only right that those who were left out made a few tweets, as their anger is understandable, but I just focus on working hard and repaying the Coach for his faith in me.
“The decisions were made by Cesare Prandelli and it’s not up to me to comment on those choices. I am very happy to be in the final 23 and hope to give my contribution when called upon.”
Insigne shot to fame at Pescara in Serie B under Coach Zdenek Zeman, where he played alongside current Italy talents Marco Verratti and Ciro Immobile.
“Zeman taught us all so much and we cannot forget what he gave to us. Ciro, Marco and I all owe almost everything to Zeman.
“You never forget his tactical movements and when we step on to the field it will be an extra weapon.”