Giaccherini motivated by Italy snub

The Sunderland midfielder was cut from Cesare Prandelli's provisional 30-man squad for the World Cup and is now keen to prove his worth in the Premier League next season
Sunderland midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini is determined to put in a strong season next term after his World Cup snub by Italy.

The diminutive winger was called into Cesare Prandelli's provisional 30-man squad, but will play no part in Brazil, after failing to impress the former Fiorentina boss.

Despite being cut, Giaccherini has no ill feeling towards his international boss and hopes to come back in fine form next term and work his way back into contention.

"I was getting called-up into the national team until March," Giaccherini is quoted as saying by Football Italia.

"It's normal that I expected to be in Prandelli's 30, but the boss made his assessments, and I always thank him for what he has done for me

"I'm a bit disappointed because everyone wants to play in the World Cup, but even though I won't be on the pitch I will cheers for Italy, and always support the Azzurri.

"I do hope to get back into the national team. For me it's an honour."