Leonardo Bonucci admits he was surprised to be left out of the Italy squad, though is focusing on winning the Scudetto with Juventus.
“There was a little bitterness at not being called any more, but I still feel that I am part of the Azzurri project, seeing as I played in almost all the games,” the defender told Sky Sport Italia.
He was dropped for the friendlies against Poland and Uruguay in favour of his friend, Torino starlet Angelo Ogbonna.
“In football you can never take anything for granted. When Antonio Conte didn’t tend to use me at Juve, Cesare Prandelli would still call me up for Italy. Now the situation has been turned around completely.
“I know Angelo and we do hang out together in Turin. He is a lovely lad and deserves all the attention he is receiving at the moment.”
Juventus were top of the Serie A table until their match with Napoli was postponed due to flooding, so they are two points behind Udinese and Lazio, with a game in hand.
“We can aim for the very top. Scudetto? Yes, but we must also keep our feet on the ground. This is a hard-fought tournament in which we can have our say, but it will be very, very difficult because there are many teams crammed into a few points.”