Wednesday August 15 2012
El Shaarawy targets World Cup 2014

Stephan El Shaarawy has his eyes on a place at the 2014 World Cup after the Milan man was named in the latest Italy squad.

The Under-21 international has been promoted to the full set-up and he’s set to win his debut alongside Mattia Destro in tonight’s international friendly against England.

“Stephan had two dreams as a kid,” agent Roberto La Florio told Radio Sportiva. “He wanted to wear the Milan shirt and that of the Italian national side. Now he’ll realise both of those.

“El Shaarawy is good friends with Destro and they have known each other for some time. Italy boss Cesare Prandelli really wants to make use of this tie so he can look at the youngsters.

“I think that those players who deserve a place in the squad will find themselves at the World Cup in Brazil.

“Usually what happens when El Shaarawy sets himself a target is that he then achieves it.”

El Shaarawy, born to an Italian mother and an Egyptian father, joined Milan last summer from Genoa and responded with four goals in 28 games.

“He did well last term for Milan and this season will be his year,” the representative added. “Let’s hope that he is a bit luckier in front of goal.”

El Shaarawy, who will be 20 in October, has played for the Italian national side from Under-16 to Under-21 level.

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