Pablo Daniel Osvaldo was overjoyed with his senior Italy debut. “I hope to notch up many more caps in my career.”
The Roma striker is the latest of the Oriundi to play for the Azzurri, although the Argentine-born talent had already played at Under-21 level.
“I am very, very happy and was emotional on the field. I hope to notch up many more caps in my career,” he said after the 3-0 win over Northern Ireland.
“If the Coach said I'll have other chances, then I am very happy. It's a dream come true just being here playing for Italy.
“The group is fantastic, full of excellent players and above all very likeable men who welcomed me into the squad. I want to thank them for that.
“I hope that I am in the running for Euro 2012, but for the moment I am simply happy at making my debut.
“It all happened so quickly and I hope to continue doing well with Roma to convince Cesare Prandelli I deserve to be here.”
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