Fiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi has said that he still dreams of returning back to the national team as one of the top strikers. The former Manchester United man has suffered a number of injury problems last couple of years. This has restricted him to just a handful of appearances even for his club. The lack of fitness meant that he has not been part of the Euro 2012 and the World Cup 2014 despite being at the prime of his career. He said before the World Cup that he was close to full fitness, but this did not convince then manager Cesare Prandelli.
After a disappointing World Cup in which the team was knocked out of the group stages once again, Prandelli offered his resignation and joined Turkish club Galatasaray. Italian FA are yet to announce a replacement for his position, but it was widely speculated that former Juventus manager Antonio Conte could be the next boss. The 45-year-old recently announced his resignation from Juventus despite having led the team to 3 successive Italian Serie A titles. He is expected to join on a three-year contract with a view of helping the team do well at the Euro 2016.
Despite being on the fringes of the Italian team, Rossi has said that he has still not given up on wearing the blue of the Azzurri.
“Right now I am only thinking about the future. Conte could bring many new things to the team, but let’s see what happens. I didn’t offend anyone with that tweet. Playing for the national team is still a goal of mine. Decisions have to be made by the Coach, the President – that’s the first step. But for my part, I want to come back and play. I want to do well for Fiorentina, and then do well for the national team,” said Rossi.