Wednesday March 7 2012
Marchetti eyes Euro 2012 spot

Lazio ‘keeper Federico Marchetti is working towards winning his place back in the national squad for Euro 2012.

The custodian replaced Gigi Buffon at the 2010 World Cup, but his career came to a standstill following a fall out at Cagliari.

Having been sidelined for a year after requesting a move away from Sardinia, he eventually joined Lazio at the start of this season.

“After last term’s negative experience at Cagliari, he has returned to being a protagonist,” his agent Beppe Bozzo told TMW.

“As a result, I think it is only legitimate that he aspires to wear the Azzurri jersey again after the South African World Cup.

“It is now up to Italy boss Cesare Prandelli, who rates him, to consider him for a place at Euro 2012.

“In the meantime, Federico is enjoying this positive moment at Lazio and he wants to repay the club and President Claudio Lotito for their faith in him.”

The former Albinoleffe ‘keeper has won eight caps for his country, the last of which came in the 3-2 loss against Slovakia in June 2010.

Prandelli picked four ‘keepers for last week’s international friendly loss to America – Gigi Buffon [Juventus], Morgan De Sanctis [Napoli], Salvatore Sirigu [Paris SG] and Emiliano Viviano [Palermo].

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