Thursday December 29 2011
Di Natale thankful for Italy chance

Returning to the Italian international set-up has always been an objective for Antonio Di Natale, says his agent.

Azzurri boss Cesare Prandelli has confirmed that he will select the 34-year-old for February’s friendly against America.

It will be the first time that the Udinese man, who hasn’t played for Italy since the 3-2 loss to Slovakia at World Cup 2010, has been selected by Prandelli.

”This is a big deal for him and the right reward for what he has been doing on the field of play,” agent Bruno Carpeggiani told

“Antonio is world class and he’ll certainly be useful to the Azzurri cause at the European Championship should he be called up.

“The national side has always been something very special to him and I’m sure that he would do well if selected.”

Di Natale himself has thanked Prandelli for the proposed recall and admitted his desire to play alongside Manchester City youngster Mario Balotelli.

“They are two champions who would work well together in terms of characteristics and technique,” Carpeggiani continued.

“We’ll just have to see how Coach Prandelli decides to use them and integrate them into the rest of the team.”

Di Natale has been a scoring machine in Serie A over the last 30 months. He’s netted 67 goals in top-flight since the summer of 2009.

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