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The midfielder insists that he does not regret leaving Juventus for the struggling Black Cats, arguing that the regular first-team football is aiding his development as a player

Sunderland midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini is determined to prove he is worthy of a place in Italy's World Cup squad.

The versatile midfielder was brought to the Stadium of Light during the summer by Paolo Di Canio, who has since been sacked by the struggling Black Cats.

Giaccherini, though, says he has no regrets about swapping the Serie A champions for Sunderland, believing the regular first-team football on Wearside will boost his hopes of travelling to Brazil with the Azzurri.

"I wanted to come to England to play regularly. At Juventus, I wasn't given a consistent place in the team," the 28-year-old Italian told the Sunderland Echo.

"And next summer is the World Cup, so I needed to play regularly. The World Cup was a big reason behind me coming here."

Sunderland will look to pick up their first Premier League win of the season on Saturday when they travel to Swansea City in new boss Gus Poyet's first game in charge.