Wednesday October 12 2011
Prandelli defends Oriundi policy

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has defended his policy of calling up Oriundi to his international set up.

The tactician has been criticised by some in the peninsula for selecting players who were actually born in other countries, but were still eligible to represent the Azzurri.

The latest example came on Tuesday when Roma striker Daniel Pablo Osvaldo, born in Argentina, made his debut against Northern Ireland.

"Let's leave behind the controversy," the former Fiorentina and Parma Coach stated on Wednesday afternoon.

"Politicians make the law and it is the law that allows us to consider the various Italians, like Osvaldo and Thiago Motta."

Italy breezed through Euro 2012 qualification and Prandelli is satisfied with what his new side have achieved to date.

"I like this Italy, it unites and doesn't divide. It has ideas, feelings and altruism. I know that we'll be judged on results, but this already means a lot to me."

The tactician was inevitably asked for his thoughts on Antonio Cassano's decision to already announce a retirement date.

"There are moments of ups and downs that every player has to endure," he said of the controversial No 10 who he has often defended from criticism.

"Cassano had already anticipated his feelings to me," he added.

"I told him that during this positive moment he just has to live and that's all. Who knows what kind of player he will be in three years' time…"

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