Claudio Marchisio believes in Italy’s chances of beating England tonight and “would like to swap shirts with Steven Gerrard” at the final whistle.
The Azzurri take on the Three Lions in this evening’s Euro 2012 quarter-final, battling for an appointment with Germany in the semi.
“We have to believe and we’ve got the chance to go through,” said Marchisio.
“We are aware that we’re facing a great side with some great champions. We have to improve and play the way we did in the first half against Croatia.
“Who is the strongest side? The one that wins the Final,” smiled the Juventus midfielder.
This week Daniele De Rossi said that Gerrard was his idol and Marchisio followed suit.
“Of course I won’t be there thinking about it during the game, but I would like to swap shirts with Gerrard at the end of the match.”
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