Albertini: Italy must consider Di Natale for Euro 2012

The former Azzurri midfielder believes that the Udinese forward is 'one of the eligible candidates' for a place in Cesare Prandelli's squad because of his goals record
Italian Football Federation (FIGC) vice-president Demetrio Albertini believes that Antonio Di Natale deserves to be considered for selection for Euro 2012.

The Udinese striker is now 34 but remains the most prolific marksman in Serie A and, for that reason alone, Albertini feels Di Natale is a very viable option for Cesare Prandelli's Italy squad.

"Given what he has done and is continuing to do, he is definitely one of the eligible candidates [for a place in the squad]," the former AC Milan midfielder told RaiSport 1.

Of course, Di Natale's fellow forwards Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli are also hoping to travel to Poland and Ukraine.

Both players are considered difficult to handle but Albertini believes that they have been unfairly portrayed as troublemakers by the media.

"The have always behaved well with the national team," he argued. "However, sometimes people exaggerate when they are criticising their behaviour, even though they are great champions and just regular guys."

Turning his attention to this season's race for the Scudetto between Juventus and AC Milan, Albertini admitted that with the Bianconeri just one point clear of the Rossoneri at the summit of the standings, he finds it difficult to pick a winner with any great conviction.

"I cannot favour one side in particular," the former Azzurri star confessed. "Juventus have played well and are now fighting for the title.

"AC Milan have more quality and despite having suffered several injuries, they are, to their credit, still there."

Albertini, who was capped 79 times by the Azzurri, spent 14 years at San Siro before enjoying spells at Atletico Madrid, Lazio, Atalanta and Barcelona.