Saturday January 8 2011
Thiago Motta to play for Italy?

Thiago Motta bagged a brace on Leonardo's Inter debut and could become the latest ‘Oriundo' in Cesare Prandelli's Italy squad.

The Azzurri boss has already given international bows to Brazilian Amauri and Argentine Cristian Ledesma, while he has said that he is open to bringing in more talents with Italian passports.

Brazilian Thiago Motta has long been associated with a possible Italy move and impressed with his brace as Inter beat Napoli 3-1 on Thursday evening.

Newspapers suggest the big day could be on February 9, when the Azzurri play a friendly against Germany in Dortmund.

Not only is Thiago Motta expected to be called for that match, but there could also be the return of Gianluigi Buffon after a six-month injury and Antonio Cassano following his contract dispute with Sampdoria and consequent move to Milan.

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