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Italy have game-changing players, Giuseppe Rossi warns Spain

Serving as an ambassador for Hyundai's 'Make A Pledge' campaign during the Euros, the stricken striker spoke ahead of the Nazionale's last-four clash against Joachim Low's side

Speaking ahead of Italy's crunch Euro 2012 semi-final against Germany, injured striker Giuseppe Rossi has declared that the Azzurri have "game-changing players".

The Villarreal forward has missed out on the tournament through the anterior cruciate ligament injury that kept him sidelined for almost the entire domestic season.

However, the 25-year-old has been keeping busy with his involvement in Hyundai's 'Make A Pledge' campaign.

The car company have enlisted a number of footballing stars, including Rossi, Iker Casillas, Karim Benzema and Lukas Podolski, to promise to complete specific pledges if their nation win the Euro 2012 final on July 1.

And Hyundai have encouraged supporters to do the same, with €1 being donated for every pledge made as well as generously awarding €250,000 to the 'Street Football World' charity who look to empower young people through football.
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Speaking to Hyundai, Rossi was confident that Italy coach Cesare Prandelli can guide his team
to the final at the expense of die Mannschaft.

"I think we have a very good team", he said.

"Our coach is well prepared, he is a leader. These are very important traits to have if you want to lead a group, and I think these are very important traits to have in order to lead a team to success.

"And all of us, all the players, we are behind him and I think we'll have a good tournament."

Rossi also picked out some of the Italian stars that can cause damage to opponents, warning that these players can change the game in the Azzurri's favour in an instant.

"I think we have a very good and talented team", he continued.

"We have players like [Antonio] Cassano, [Mario] Balotelli, [Andrea] Pirlo, [Daniele] De Rossi - these are game-changing players - and with the simple pass and the simple shot or a dribble could change the game, so it's important to have these qualities."

I'm a very competitive person, I take pride in winning, I take pride in defending the shirt that I play for.

- Giuseppe Rossi

The former Manchester United player also believes the mixture of experience and youth can help the Italians win the tournament.

He continued: "I think we have a very good balance in our team between the young players and the older players like [Gianluigi] Buffon, Pirlo and De Rossi - these are players who won the World Cup in 2006 -  so they're going to bring a lot of experience and I hope it shows on the pitch."

Rossi admitted his frustration at sitting on the sidelines with injury, but insists he has never lost his appetite for the game and is motivated to get back to his best.

He added: "My motivation to play football is just being out there and enjoying the game. I started when I was a kid, I have a lot of passion. I like competing, I'm a very competitive person, and I take pride in winning, I take pride in defending the shirt that I play for, and that's just the type of person I am.

"I like being out there, I have a big passion for the game, and going out on that field to try to win the match."

Whatever you are willing to pledge, Hyundai want to know, with every post contributing money to charity, so get involved on their Facebook page by following this link and be in with the chance of winning some great prizes courtesy of Hyundai.

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