Angelo Palombo is desperate to get back into the Italian national squad despite his presence in Serie B this term.
The midfielder stayed loyal to Sampdoria following their relegation and it has cost him his place in the Azzurri set-up recently.
“I hope to get back into the Giro Azzurro as soon as possible,” the former Fiorentina player, who went to the 2010 World Cup, told the Gazzetta dello Sport.
“I have never questioned Coach Cesare Prandelli’s selections, but it is hard for me to be left out of the squad.
“I can understand that in certain moments there are players who perhaps deserve it more than I do, but I won’t quit.”
Palombo, linked with January moves to Parma, Udinese, Napoli and Fiorentina, has won 22 caps for his country.
The 30-year-old made his debut in August 2006 against Croatia. His last appearance came in the June 2-0 friendly loss against the Republic of Ireland.
Prandelli does keep an eye on Serie B players as his decision to call-up Torino defender Angelo Ogbonna illustrates.
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