Roma’s Alessandro Florenzi says he has still not given up hope of representing his country at this summer’s World Cup.
The 23-year-old midfielder says playing on the world stage for the Azzurri has always been his dream from a young age.
He also stressed the need for his club side to continue to believe they can catch Juventus in the race for the Scudetto until it is mathematically impossible.
“How can I not think about the World Cup?” Florenzi said to Roma Channel. “I do it often. The World Cup is something that everyone dreams about when they are a child.
“Roma? I think we can do well in the Champions League because we play a European style of football.
“We don’t play a normal game. We can use lots of different tactics, from counterattacking to a possession based game.
“We will try to get to 94 points, we still have a bit of hope and while it is still there we will believe.
“When we play Juve we want to show that we are not inferior to anyone. We hope to do well and to see a full crowd at the stadium.”
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