Prandelli considers Del Piero for Italy recall

The Azzurri coach has not ruled out a shock recall for the 2006 World Cup-winner, despite his last appearance in the famous blue shirt coming five years ago

Cesare Prandelli has not ruled out including Sydney FC veteran Alessandro Del Piero and Francesco Totti in his FIFA World Cup squad.

Del Piero, 38, has not played for the Italian national team since 2008, but Prandelli hinted the former Juventus star could still be in his plans for Brazil 2014.

He admitted that the experienced forward, who has scored 14 goals in A-League 21 games, could be a useful tool during the tournament, and also left the door open for Totti and Antonio Di Natale.

"In March and April we will have a look at the condition of certain players like Francesco Totti, Antonio Di Natale and even Alex Del Piero," he told Sky Sport Italia.

"At that stage I don't need to plan, but build the strongest team possible.

"We are following all players who can make a difference, Alex still has a great desire and we have to keep an eye on everyone."

Del Piero is in his native Italy as part of an extended pre-season tour for Sydney, who went down 1-0 to Venezia on Saturday.

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