The 30-year-old is determined to feature for the Azzurri at the tournament and believes he can play on for more than five seasons
The 30-year-old, who joined Bologna from Genoa at the beginning of the season, won the tournament with the Azzurri in 2006 and was part of the squad for World Cup 2010.
And after scoring 11 times in 26 appearances for the Rossoblu this term, Gilardino has his eyes set on a third appearance on world football's biggest stage.
"I have returned to scoring, and this has brought certain benefits back including the national team," he told Corsosport.
"It's normal, one year away. Being able to play in my third World Cup would be a dream. I have to work, get ready. But for now I think about the next game, no further."
And despite now being in his thirties, the former AC Milan and Fiorentina man is eager to follow in the footsteps of a Serie A legend and reach a goalscoring landmark.
He added: “I still have more than five seasons to play, with the example being [Francesco] Totti.
“I do not want to stop. I'd like to play in Italy still many years to get to 200 goals."