Sunday November 14 2010
Ledesma thanks Lazio for Italy chance

Cristian Ledesma has thanked Lazio and Cesare Prandelli for the “great joy” of his debut Italy call.

The Argentine midfielder has an Italian passport and has said for some time he is open to playing for the Azzurri.

He received his maiden call for Wednesday's friendly against Romania.

“I feel great joy,” he told the official Lazio website.

“If the call-up to the Nazionale arrived, I owe it above all to my family, my teammates, the club, all the staff, the Biancocelesti fans and the whole Lazio world.”

Ledesma is the second of the Oriundi called by Cesare Prandelli, as Juventus striker Amauri gave up on a potential Brazil call to play for Italy.