De Sanctis rules out Italy return

The 37-year-old retired from international duty over a year ago and has no intention of reversing that decision ahead of this summer

Roma goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis has denied speculation he will come out of international retirement ahead of the World Cup.

The 37-year-old called time on his international career just over a year ago, having failed to usurp Gianluigi Buffon as the Azzurri's regular number one during his time with Napoli.

But De Sanctis has been in fine form for Roma since joining Rudi Garcia's men in July, helping the club to second place in Serie A and sparking rumours Italy coach Cesare Prandelli could ask him to reverse his decision.

The former Udinese keeper said: "As far as the World Cup goes, I left the national team a year ago for both footballing and non-footballing reasons.

"I left the team in extremely good hands, both with Buffon who has been magnificent for 20 years and with whichever other goalkeepers Prandelli chooses to take with him to Brazil."

When asked about Roma, De Sanctis insists there will only be happy memories of the present campaign, even if they fail to overhaul Juventus' eight-point gap at the top of the table.

He added: "Up until now we are extremely happy, but we could be even happier were there not a team eight points ahead of us.

"There are six matches to go now and we want to do well in all of them. Whatever happens though we will look back on the season as an extremely positive one."