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Tuesday March 19 2013
Buffon on Totti, Balotelli and Brazil

Gianluigi Buffon has admitted that he would back the idea of Roma captain Francesco Totti receiving a re-call to the Italian national team.

Coach Cesare Prandelli revealed earlier this week that he would consider calling up the veteran forward in the future.

And the Juventus goalkeeper has conceded that the Giallorossi legend can still cut it in the international arena.

“Some of us have shared this adventure with Totti from Under-15 level,” he told a Press conference. “So for me he will always be a companion in the national team.

“If he continues to play at the level he is showing this season, then I think the Coach is right to say what he did.

“It is logical to consider someone who is re-writing the history of Italian football.

“After the World Cup in 2006, he preferred to devote more time to Roma, and perhaps that was the right thing to do to give his career longevity.

“Have I asked him to come back? These are personal conversations. When we meet we speak about a lot of things. He knows what I think.”

The 35-year-old also commented on Thursday's match with Brazil, some of the young players in the Azzurri squad and the form of Mario Balotelli.

“We will play this friendly and it will be a good test for us,” Buffon added. “Over the next three months we will prepare for the Confederations cup – and it's a competition that we want to win.

“It is perhaps a bit too early to get a proper impression of the new players – we have only been together for a few days.

“But the fact that there are so many new players certainly bodes well for the future. This next generation looks like an important one.

“I think we all want to see Mario finally come good. I've always seen him as a quiet person around the group.

“Before he wasn't playing with continuity, but now he's at Milan that seems to have changed.

“I hope that with the national team he can give us joy – and with Milan perhaps a little less!”

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