Thiago Motta "feels Italian" as he gets ready to make his debut for Italy against Germany on Wednesday.
Cesare Prandelli confirmed the Brazilian-born Inter midfielder will start tomorrow's friendly in Dortmund.
And despite his Brazil origins, Motta has fully embraced his Nazionale chance.
"Wearing the Italy shirt gives me a completely different emotion compared to all the rest I have tried in football," he told the press at Coverciano.
"It will be a great day for me tomorrow and I feel privileged.
"I was born in Brazil but I feel Italian. I am happy to be here."
Motta is raring to go, but he will pass on signing the Italian national anthem.
"I know the Inno di Mameli, but I don't know how to sing it," he added.