Cagliari striker Joao Pedro admits he’d ‘be a liar if I said it wasn’t pleasing’ to be considered for the Italy squad. ‘Sardinia is my home, this country gave me everything.’
The Brazilian has Italian citizenship, as he is married to an Italian and their children were all born in Sardinia, while the 29-year-old has been playing at Cagliari since 2014.
It was reported this week that Roberto Mancini is considering a call-up for Joao Pedro, considering the lack of alternatives in the forward roles.
“I’d be a liar if I said that it wasn’t pleasing,” Joao Pedro told Sky Sport Italia after scoring in Cagliari’s 2-2 draw with Sassuolo.
“We are talking about the best national team in history, a country that welcomed me and gave me everything I have, while Sardinia is my home.
“It is truly pleasing. I certainly wasn’t expecting it and don’t think frankly I deserve it either, but this must mean I’ve done something right.
“Now is the time to think about Cagliari, because the team is struggling and I must give my all for this club, then we’ll see.”
The goal celebration after his penalty today seemed to be a signal for his children, showing how to feed a baby. Does his native Italian family have anything to say about this potential Azzurri call-up?
“Everyone in my home was born in Italy. We are happy, it’s difficult to explain the sensation. Obviously, I was born in Brazil, but everything I achieved and was given to me was in Italy, including my wife and children.
“It might not even happen, we’ll see in future, but it feels very special even like this.”