Saturday March 15 2014
Jonathan: 'Ready if Italy call'

Inter’s Brazilian winger Jonathan said he is “ready” for a call from Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli and hopes Fiorentina lose.

He scored one and set up another for Rodrigo Palacio in tonight’s 2-0 victory away to Hellas Verona.

“It’s a very important victory, because it was a head-to-head for European places and now we have a bigger advantage over them,” he said of the seven-point lead they can boast over Verona in seventh.

The result temporarily put the Nerazzurri in fourth place, awaiting the result of Fiorentina-Chievo on Sunday evening.

“We are very happy with the way things are going and tomorrow we’ll cheer on Fiorentina’s opponents. Watch out, though, as Parma are also in the running.

“Was it my best performance for Inter? No, I don’t think so. Walter Mazzarri’s secret is hard work, as he told us that sooner or later bad luck eventually passes. Now we’ll try to go as far as possible.”

Prandelli was in the stands at the Stadio Bentegodi this evening and Jonathan was asked whether he was the one being viewed for a potential Azzurri cap.

“It’s difficult, as Prandelli hasn’t called me so far and there is also some red tape to resolve. If he calls me, then I am ready to go. For now I’m keeping my feet on the ground.”

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