Veteran defender Alessandro Nesta has hinted that he could yet make a return to Italy squad for the World Cup finals.
The Milan centre-back retired from international football after the 2006 World Cup and has previously ignored pleas for him to return.
Nesta has been plagued by injuries for several years and has argued in the past that he could prolong his career by not representing that national team.
But Nesta has now opened the door to a possible return by admitting that he has met with national team manager Marcello Lippi.
“We will see later. I’ve spoken with Lippi and now we will see how the situation goes,” he said.
Italy begin their defence of the World Cup against Paraguay on 14th June before facing New Zealand and Slovakia in their other Group F games.