Monday September 16 2013
Lodi ignores talk of Italy call

Francesco Lodi has played down suggestions that his strike in the Genoa derby was a signal to Italy boss Cesare Prandelli.

The summer signing from Catania has been linked with a possible call up to the international set-up for the last 24 months, although he has yet to be included in a squad.

“Was the goal dedicated to the national side? No, it was for myself, the fans and my children,” the playmaker noted of his free-kick in the 3-0 win over Sampdoria.

The Rossoblu had started the season poorly after losing to Inter and then Fiorentina – defeats which had increased the pressure on new boss Fabio Liverani.

“We wanted to make up for the defeat against Fiorentina,” the 29-year-old continued.

“The international break arrived which allowed us to prepare well for the game. It was a deserved victory because we were perfect defensively.

“There was no problem with the Coach. The President had already given him his full backing and Liverani deserved that.”