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The Italy boss cites the veteran Udinese striker's work ethic and technical prowess as the keys to his lasting quality, having scored 17 goals so far this season

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has hailed Udinese forward Antonio Di Natale as "still one of the best strikers around".

The veteran striker is enjoying another successful season in Serie A, with his 17 league goals making him the second top goalscorer in the division, and the national-team boss has tipped him to continue playing at the highest level for the forseeable future.

"He is an extraordinary player that I had the honour and pleasure to coach with the national team," Prandelli told Udinese's official website. "He is one of those players who can excite you with his class.

"I am convinced that he will continue to play because technically he is still one of the best strikers around."

The Azzurri boss then gave a glowing appraisal of the Zebrette's infrastructure, citing them as an example of a well-run football club.

"[Udinese] is a demonstration of what can be achieved with great management and football knowledge," Prandelli continued.

"For years now the company behind the club have backed a great coach [Francesco Guidolin] who is not just brilliant technically but is a great human as well."

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