Roma boss Luis Enrique must be tempted to use Daniele De Rossi in that role again. He has to be after that performance.
Antonio Di Natale has sent a reminder of his ability to Italy boss Cesare Prandelli after rippling the net yet again.
Marcello Lippi says that he would have selected Mario Balotelli had he remained in charge of the Italian national side after World Cup 2010.
The Manchester City ace has been a regular in the plans of new boss Cesare Prandelli when fit, but he never got a call from Lippi.
“I don’t understand why Cesare Prandelli decided to drop Cristian Ledesma from the Italy squad,” said the Lazio man’s agent.
Italy have been given a Euro 2012 boost by the agent of the currently injured Giuseppe Rossi.
The Villarreal striker had become a key player in the first team plans of Azzurri boss Cesare Prandelli over the last 18 months.
However, the former Parma man ruptured knee ligaments recently which required surgery and a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
The legendary Roberto Baggio expects Juventus and the Italian national side to fight for honours over the next 12 months.
Cesare Prandelli is already making plans for Euro 2012, as “a lot will depend on how the first game goes against Spain.”
The Azzurri have been put in the same group as the Republic of Ireland and Croatia, while their opening match is against the reigning World and European champions on June 10.
Mario Balotelli’s Inter youth team Coach says “he has the same potential as Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but he’s a little crazy.”
Manchester City have given SuperMario regular football and he’s now part of the Italy squad, but the Coach who first worked with him at the Inter youth team expects even more.
Spanish stars Iker Casillas, Santi Cazorla and Fernando Llorente admit they hoped to avoid Italy in the Euro 2012 group phase.
Italy legend Gigi Riva is confident a group with Spain, Ireland and Croatia “is within our capabilities.”
The Azzurri have a tough draw for Euro 2012, including the reigning European and World champions.
“The group is within our capabilities, even if tough,” said 1970s hero Riva.