Torino’s Angelo Ogbonna is hoping to make his international debut for Italy this month. “I actually want to play against Poland and Uruguay.”
The defender has again been called up to Cesare Prandelli’s national squad, but he has yet to make an appearance for the side.
“I’m here to play for a place in the team,” the Serie B stopper stated on Tuesday afternoon at Coverciano.
“When I am given that opportunity then I hope to take it in the best possible manner. I hope to play in both games…
“I’m honoured that I have this possibility of wearing this shirt. I have to thank Prandelli for the faith he has been showing in me for quite a while.”
Balotelli, a 23-year-old who won five caps at Azzurrini level, was also asked for his opinion on Italy’s striking problems after the side lost Antonio Cassano and Giuseppe Rossi for the next six months.
“I hope they get well as soon as possible,” the former Crotone man added.
“However, I think Mario Balotelli has the ability to guide this side in the European Championship, even if the team as a whole is the fundamental element.”
The Azzurri face Poland on Friday, while they will entertain Uruguay in Rome on Tuesday evening.
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