Giaccherini eager for World Cup chance with Italy

The Sunderland man insists he has no regrets about leaving Juventus for the struggling side, and feels the increased chance for first-team football is beneficial to his development
Sunderland midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini is determined to prove he is worthy of a place in Italy's World Cup squad.

Former Black Cats boss Paolo Di Canio bought his 28-year-old compatriot from Juventus for a reported fee of around £6.8 million in the close-season.

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Di Canio has since been sacked, but Giaccherini has no regrets about swapping the Serie A champions for the Wearside outfit, and is eager to use the opportunity for first-team football to earn a spot in the Italy squad.

"I wanted to come to England to play regularly. At Juventus, I wasn't given a consistent place in the team," he told the Sunderland Echo.

"And next summer is the World Cup, so I needed to play regularly.

"The World Cup was a big reason behind me coming here."

Sunderland will look to pick up their first Premier League win of the season when they travel to Swansea City in Poyet's first game in charge on Saturday.