Roma striker Francesco Totti has admitted he would come out of international retirement for Euro 2008 if Italy coach Roberto Donadoni needed him.
“If I was needed because of some injuries or an emergency (I would be willing),” the Roma captain told GQ magazine.
Totti took a break from international foootball after the 2006 World Cup final, but then announced he was quitting the national team completely in July this year.
He added in the GQ interview that he did not want to steal the place of any of the existing members of the squad.
“It’s right that the 22-24 players who have won qualification (to Euro 2008) go,” he continued If I took someone’s place, it wouldn’t be right.”
He cited the example of Zinedine Zidane, who came out of international retirement to help France qualify for, and reach the final of, last year’s World Cup.