Antonio Mirante is on his way home from Brazil, but believes that Italy can do well at the World Cup.
The Parma shot-stopper was part of the pre-tournament squad in South America as a reserve, but is now packing his bags to go back to the peninsula on the eve of their first game.
But before he boarded the plane, the shot-stopper spoke of Cesare Prandelli’s men and his Crociati teammates.
“I feel good, but I was also conscious of being a reserve,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
“I’m delighted to have been a part of this group. I’m confident that I, and the rest of the group, have worked well.
“The first game against England is going to be really important, but I don’t think the climate’s going to be a determining factor.
“We’ve prepared as well as possible. Parolo is fit and can be part of the midfield, and I think Cassano adds something different.”
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