Antonio Di Natale believes Italy can do well in the Confederations Cup and admits “I want to be at the 2014 World Cup.”
The 35-year-old Udinese striker has scored 103 Serie A goals in the last four seasons, making him one of the most reliable hitmen in the country.
“My objective? I want to be at the 2014 World Cup and hope that I can play if Cesare Prandelli calls me,” he told the Messaggero Veneto newspaper.
“The World Cup in Brazil is going to be something utterly unique.”
The Azzurri are in the country right now preparing for Thursday’s Confederations Cup semi-final against Spain.
Di Natale scored in their 1-1 draw in Euro 2012 and would’ve been of use to Italy right now, as Mario Balotelli left the camp with a thigh injury.
“Balotelli’s absence will be keenly felt. Mario has become a great player, but we must have faith in Alberto Gilardino, as he can do well in that role.
“Italy are alive and kicking despite the 4-2 defeat to Brazil, which was also due to several injuries.”
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