Gilardino eyeing inclusion in Italy Euro 2012 squad

The Genoa striker is in no way guaranteed a place in Cesare Prandelli's group for the competition this summer, but is determined to show the national selector his worth
Genoa striker Alberto Gilardino has stated that he wants to win a place in Italy's Euro 2012 squad, and is determined to show Cesare Prandelli his worth.

The experienced forward moved from Fiorentina to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in January, and has had an injury-plagued start to his time with his new club.

However, the 29-year-old feels that he is worthy of a place in the Azzurri group, and the coach knows what he can do.

“I feel a bit better after that thigh strain,” he told Tuttosport.

“I am very happy in Genoa and it feels like I’ve been here for a lifetime. I’m certain it won’t take much to take the club back to the top level.

“Fiorentina represent a wonderful time in my life, but after some great seasons without squad rotation, it got tough. When I face them, it will certainly be an emotional moment.

“I have 11 Serie A games left to convince Prandelli and up to this point I will admit I’ve been inconsistent, but the coach knows what I can give.

“If I am not called, then I will reflect carefully on the reasons and the mistakes I made. I’m sure Italy can be protagonists in Poland and Ukraine," he continued.

Genoa face Roma on Monday, and Gilardino has admitted that he was once close to signing for the Stadio Olimpico outfit.

“I almost joined the Giallorossi before my move to Milan. It was very pleasing to receive a phone call from Francesco Totti saying he wanted me at the club," he concluded.