Having yet to feature in the Italian national team squad under the guidance of Cesare Prandelli, Antonio Di Natale’s chance in flying to Euro 2012 looks unlikely but things suddenly changed after Prandelli himself recently opens the door for Di Natale’s return to the Azzurri.
However, the former Fiorentina’s coach does have a term for the Udinese captain should he wants to re-join the national team for the upcoming Euro, that conditions is that the veteran striker must maintain his excellent form until the end of this new season.
If Di Natale continues to repeat himself then I am obliged to consider him for the European Championship. He really is a champion,” Prandelli said.
This news could really be a morale boosting information for Di Natale, who recently thought that his career with the national team is pretty much over after Gli Azzurri’s failure in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. However, it seems there could but one last chance for the 34-years-old striker to make his mark with the Italian national team after haven’t been able to do so in previous occasions.
Di Natale’s goal scoring record with the national team is not that bad, as he already netted 10 goals from 36 international matches, but it’s obviously still not as much as the player’s record with Udinese as the veteran is Serie A’s top scorer in the last two seasons. Obviously it would be interesting to see whether Prandelli’s recent statement would motivates Di Natale in trying to give his best for his club one more time both in the league or Europe this season.
Considering his age, there’s always some doubt regarding Di Natale’s ability in keeping himself fit and continuing his top scored status in Serie A again this season. Should the 34-years-old striker’s motivation is really in top condition right before the Euro arrives, there’s definitely a big chance that Prandello will be keeping his words and played him in that competition.
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