Sunday June 1 2014
Sirigu given morale boost

Salvatore Sirigu was pleased with his own performance in Italy’s 0-0 draw with the Republic of Ireland.

The Azzurri could only draw with Martin O’Neill’s men at Craven Cottage on Saturday evening, but the goalkeeper admitted that his own game was good for his confidence.

“I’m pleased,” he told Rai Sport. “Playing for the national team is special and to play well is always good for morale.

“We’re all pleased because the Coach asked us to test our character. And I think we did that. We were dangerous in the second half – we’re on the right track.

“We are optimistic about where we are. It’s been hard at Coverciano, but we believe in what we’re doing.”

The shot-stopper then gave his words of condolence to Riccardo Montolivo, who is set to miss the World Cup with a fractured tibia.

“It’s too bad for him. The injury has left us all a bit sad.”