Sunday October 13 2013
Insigne: 'My Italy in Naples!'

Lorenzo Insigne can’t wait to play for Italy against Armenia in Naples. “I bought 20 tickets for my whole family.”

The forward plays for his hometown club Napoli and Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier is hosted by the Stadio San Paolo.

“It will be hugely emotional for me, a Neapolitan, to play at the San Paolo for the Nazionale,” he said in his Press conference.

He missed Friday’s 2-2 draw with Denmark due to a muscular problem, but has now fully recovered.

“Coach Cesare Prandelli will make his choices. Meanwhile, I bought about 20 tickets for my whole family...”

Insigne will also be a key figure tomorrow when Italy train on a pitch built on land confiscated from the Camorra – the Neapolitan Mafia.

“Being Neapolitan, I feel this responsibility in particular. We are going to the Quarto area to be close to the people and send on the positive message.”

The last week has been full of controversy over anti-Neapolitan chants, which promoted an order for Milan to play behind closed doors.

“I have heard many chants against Naples and when there are actual Neapolitans on the field it does affect us. It’s not pleasant, but we just focus on playing our football. Plus we know what Naples is really like, so we can just brush that off.”