Yesterday Roma boss Claudio Ranieri re-opened the debate over Francesco Totti’s potential return to the Italy national team, ahead of next summer’s World Cup finals in South Africa.
‘Er Pupone’ announced his retirement from international football in 2006, after the Azzurri were crowned world champions in Berlin.
He insisted the decision to call time on his Italy career was mainly down to his fitness problems and in particular, the ankle surgery he had less than four months before the showpiece in Germany.
“It depends on what my condition will be and on [Marcello] Lippi’s choices,” Totti admitted to La Gazzetta dello Sport yesterday when asked of his alleged U-turn.
“I owe Lippi so much…”
Meanwhile, Totti is still a major doubt for Roma’s trip to Milan next Sunday after sustaining a knee injury before the international break.
But after visiting Professor Pier Paolo Mariani yesterday, he claimed to be optimistic about his chances to make the Giallorossi squad for the clash with the Rossoneri.
Vince Masiello, Goal.com