Monday July 18 2016
Giovinco: 'I still want Azzurri'

Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco congratulates Italy for a 'great Euro 2016' and says he's still in the run for La Nazionale: 'Yes, I'm ready.'

American fans were stunned when the Formica Atomica was not called up by Antonio Conte for Euro 2016, as the player has been dominating Major League Soccer for more than a year now.

“I just won the ESPY prize and that was beautiful, this year it's been won by LeBron James, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Novak Djokovic,” he said, as reported by the Gazzetta dello Sport. “All of the great figures of American sport were at the evening in Los Angeles.

“It's a shame I couldn't go, as I had to play in Columbus. In the end I skipped the match to take a rest, after playing so many full games in a row, and then I flew straight to San Jose with the team.

“I saw Italy and they played a great Euro 2016. They only lost on penalties against the world's strongest teams, Germany, and we know that's a lottery, especially when you're playing for a semi-final.

“The Azzurri have absolutely no regrets. Me in the squad? No point in thinking about that now, it's the past. But I most certainly want a place in the Nazionale now that the new cycle is starting. I'm ready.

“I met [Coach Giampiero] Ventura, we crossed paths and had a few chats, but we never talked in detail about football.

“The MLS is on the rise and it can keep on developing. I'll say again that this is a nice experience, one which I recommend to Italian players who are wondering about it. I'm based in Toronto, but I'm constantly in the USA for the games. It's a beautiful country that gives you a lot.”

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