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Cerci confident of Italy recall

Alessio Cerci hopes to win back a place in the Italian national team by performing to the best of his ability with Atletico Madrid.

Alessio Cerci hopes to win back a place in the Italian national team by performing to the best of his ability with Atletico Madrid.

The former Roma and Fiorentina forward arrived at the Vicente Calderon from Torino on a three-year contract Monday but was not included in Antonio Conte's Italy squad for matches against the Netherlands and Norway.

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Cerci, who was part of Italy's squad at the World Cup earlier this year, is confident of forcing his way into the new national coach's plans.

"I did not play in the most recent games for Torino, so I am not unhappy about the failure to make the squad," he said. "This adventure will allow me to regain my spot in the national team. I hope I can play well and provide goals and assists for the fans. I am convinced that we will do well in both the league and Champions League.”

Italy faces the Netherlands in a friendly Thursday before getting its Euro 2016 qualifying campaign underway in Norway on Tuesday.

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