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Monday November 15 2010
Diamanti will play anywhere for Italy

Alessandro Diamanti is desperate to make his Italy debut in midweek after finally being selected for the Azzurri.

The inventive midfielder has impressed so far this season and he's been rewarded for his Brescia showings by national boss Cesare Prandelli for Wednesday's friendly against Romania.

"This has been a dream for some time and that's why I am willing to play in any position," he said from Italy's Coverciano training base.

"It's a nice feeling to be a part of this. The last time I was here I was training with the Serie C [Third Division] national side, therefore it shows how far I have come in the last few years.

"I'm not expecting anything in particular from these three days, I just want to enjoy it as much as I can as I think I deserve this call up."

Diamanti joined Brescia in the summer after a stint in the English Premiership with West Ham United.

"My spell in England helped me a lot because it allowed me to test myself against a championship outside of Italy and it helped me grow," he said.

The former Livorno player was also questioned about the whispers which saw his name linked with a move to Fiorentina after Stevan Jovetic picked up a serious injury in pre-season.

"I don't know if they thought of me as a replacement for Jovetic, but I hope to return one day to that club," he added.

"Fiorentina was a missed opportunity for me and I certainly wasn't as mature as I am now, but I was very sad when they let me go while in Serie C2."

Diamanti played for Fiorentina for six months in 2003 while they were known as Florentia Viola following financial collapse.

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