Friday April 1 2011
Santacroce tipped for Italy

Napoli defender Fabiano Santacroce has the ability to become part of the Italy squad again, says his agent.

The defender, a former Under-21 international, is uncapped at full international level but he has been called up to the Azzurri squad in the past.

Although he's struggled to get a regular game at Napoli this term, Claudio Pasqualin is adamant that the player can get his career back on the right path.

"I don't think it would be a scandal to see Santacroce in the Italian national squad," the representative noted.

"I think that if he works hard on a daily basis then he can certainly start thinking about getting his place back in the Italy set-up."

The centre-back was called up to Marcello Lippi's squad in October 2008 for the games against Bulgaria and Montenegro.

Santacroce, 24, has made just nine appearances in Serie A so far this season for a total of 736 minutes.

The former Como and Brescia player could actually still represent Brazil as he was born in the South American country.

He moved to Italy when he was two-years-old and has an Italian father and a Brazilian mother.