Sunday November 13 2011
Ranocchia looks to Uruguay

Andrea Ranocchia gave away a penalty against Poland, but was “happy” with his return from injury for Italy.

The Inter defender had not started a match since the 3-1 defeat to Novara on September 20.

“It was a long and difficult time, but now I am happy,” he told Inter Channel. “We won as well, so it was all positive.”

Ranocchia gave away a penalty in the final minutes, but Gianluigi Buffon spared his blushes by saving it.

“Let’s just say it was the kind of spot-kick you can give or not give. I was a little uncoordinated in the challenge and we were playing in Poland, so...

“I saw Giampaolo Pazzini and Mario Balotelli as a good front pairing. Italy have a strong squad, so whoever plays will do well and they are two champions.

“Cesare Prandelli was right to say this is an Italy side that plays to have fun. We are a great group and when we are all together we do enjoy ourselves.”

On Tuesday Italy play their final match of 2011 by taking on Uruguay at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

“It is going to be a fascinating challenge, but we go into it with the same spirit as in every other game. We will make life very difficult for them.”