Monday January 23 2012
Totti open to Italy return

Francesco Totti is open to the prospect of a return to the Italian national team in time for Euro 2012, should fitness prevail.

In an interview with RAI, the Roma captain, who this weekend broke Gunnar Nordahl’s record for most goals scored for a single club in Serie A, confirmed that he wouldn’t rule out a return to the Azzurri.

It follows Prandelli’s admittance on Sunday evening that the door would not be closed on the No 10’s potential involvement in Euro 2012 this summer. Teammate Pablo Daniel Osvaldo has also pushed for his national inclusion.

“Would I return to La Nazionale? Never say never. Let’s see how I am in May,” responded Totti on Monday.

“I’m glad that a Coach like Prandelli would take me into account. I have always said that I have had a good relationship with him, even if I have worked only a week or so under him.

“He has done great things with the national team. If I arrive in May in this condition, I will consider it.

“The main thing is to be professional to the end.”

Prandelli and Totti briefly worked together at Roma in the summer of 2004, before the Coach resigned to take care of his ill wife.

Totti has not played for the Azzurri since the 2006 World Cup final, initially retiring before later making himself available for selection for the 2010 World Cup, only to not be picked by Marcello Lippi.

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