Cesare Prandelli has responded to the news that three Italian national team players have been nominated for the 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or.
Gianluigi Buffon, Mario Balotelli and Andrea Pirlo have been nominated in a 23-man list for the governing body's annual award, and the 55-year-old Coach has congratulated his squad members for recognition of their impressive 12 months.
“It is great news for the whole of Italian football,” he told reporters. “It is recognition that gives us great optimism for the future.
“It is brilliant to have three candidates for the Ballon d'Or.”