Friday October 7 2011
Prandelli: Osvaldo the future

Cesare Prandelli has defended his decision to add Pablo Daniel Osvaldo to his Italy squad. "He could be the future."

The Roma striker was called into the party this week after Mario Balotelli and Giampaolo Pazzini were ruled out of action with injury.

The selection of the Argentine born Osvaldo for the final two Euro 2012 qualifiers has been criticised by some, but Prandelli is convinced of his potential.

"There will be space for Osvaldo," the tactician told RAI on Friday. "He can be a reference point for this side in the future.

"He is a modern attacker with personality, physical strength and excellent technique."

The former Fiorentina boss added that Osvaldo won't be the only new face to be selected over the next few months by suggesting that he'll experiment in friendlies before Euro 2012.

"There will be some new things as we have to be ready to play in different formations," continued Prandelli.

"A shortage of alternatives? You'll soon see that I'll go fishing in the Under-21 pool. Ciro Ferrara is doing an excellent job with them and there are some very interesting youngsters."

Turning to tonight's game against Serbia, Prandelli insisted that he had full faith in the Antonio Cassano and Giuseppe Rossi strike pairing.

"The numbers speak for them," he noted. "They've allowed us to qualify for the European Championship.

"They are a pair who can work together with their eyes closed. They are a super reliable partnership."

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