Fabio Borini is confident that he hasn’t been ‘rejected’ by Italy boss Cesare Prandelli after he returned to the Under-21 set-up.
The Liverpool man has been a stable part of the full Azzurri squad since wining his debut against USA in February.
However, he has this week been handed back to the Azzurrini for their Euro 2013 European Championship play-off ties against Sweden.
“I’m happy to be here,” stated the 21-year-old. “It’s great to be given another opportunity to reach an U-21 European Championship.
“I don’t view my inclusion in this squad as a rejection or as second best, it is an incentive for me to return to the ‘big’ team.”
The Azzurrini face Sweden in Pescara on Friday before Tuesday’s return in Scandinavia.
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