Riva Touts Pazzini And Acquafresca As The Future Of Italy

The goal-scoring legend named two of the peninsula's rising stars as potential heroes for the national team...
Italy team manager and all-time top scorer for the Azzurri, Luigi Riva, has designated Sampdoria and Cagliari strikers Giampaolo Pazzini and Robert Acquafresca as the future of Italy.

The pair have been in fine form this season and could be on the verge of a call-up to the senior Italian side in the near future.

"Pazzini has been the news of this period of the season. He scores with regularity and displays quality," Riva explained, according to the AgoraVox Italia news agency.

"He has already played with the Under-21 team as well. [Luca] Toni, [Alberto] Gilardino and [Filippo] Inzaghi we already know their talents."

Meanwhile, Acquafresca, who is with the club on-loan from Inter, has grabbed a few headlines of his own this season.

"He is a lad that scores a lot, he has nine goals playing in few matches. I think that he is a good attacker because he has the innate sense for where the goal is," revealed Riva, who also played for Cagliari during his career.

The Italian legend than commented on the exploits of AC Milan's Filippo Inzaghi, who scored his 300th career goal on Sunday against Siena.

"Three-hundred goals is an exceptional achievement. He lives for goals, perhaps even neglecting other parts of the game, but he will never lose this sense for the goal and I think he will continue to score," he concluded.

Italy have two upcoming World Cup qualifiers on March 28 and April 1. Coach Marcello Lippi is expected to announce his squad on March 22.

Adam Scime, Goal.com