Gilardino eyes World Cup berth: Prandelli knows what I can do

The Grifone forward, who struck twice against Udinese on Sunday, will turn 32 during the tournament - but he insists that he still has plenty to offer the Azzurri coach
Alberto Gilardino has declared himself ready, willing able to represent Italy at this summer's World Cup, declaring: "Cesare Prandelli knows what I can do."

The 31-year-old Genoa striker netted twice in Sunday's Serie A draw with Udinese and is in no doubt that he could do a job for the Azzurri in Brazil.

"I feel very good," he told reporters after the game. "I want to continue in this way for the rest of the season.

"Cesare Prandelli knows me well. He knows what I could give to the national team.

"But I'm not saying anything. As long as I keep scoring goals for my squad, that's fine."

Turing his attention to the 3-3 draw with Udinese, Gilardino was enthused by the way in which Genoa responded to falling two goals down early in the second half.

"Udinese put us in great difficulty, but our reaction was similar to that of a great team," the striker enthused.

"As has often happened this year, my team-mates and I have proven that we have great character.

"My joy in that way is due to the fact that it was a very tough game.