Andrea Ranocchia is set for his senior Italy debut against Romania. “It's up to me to win over the Coach and stay as a regular.”
The Under-21 international has received a call from Cesare Prandelli and is in the confirmed starting XI for tomorrow's friendly in Klagenfurt.
“It goes without saying that I'm very happy to be here, as it's the dream of everyone who plays football to represent their country,” said the Genoa defender.
“Now it's up to me to win over the Coach and stay as a regular in this Italy squad.
“I am very happy to be reunited with my old teammate Leonardo Bonucci, as we are bonded by a great friendship off the field and a strong synergy on it.”
The two played together at Bari and for the Under-21 side, while reports suggest they could be together again in Turin next season.
“At the moment he is ahead of me, having played in the World Cup and moved to a big club like Juventus.
“For now I won't think about the transfer market. First of all I want to give my all for Genoa, then we'll see.”
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