Rossi sets sights on Azzurri
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Newcastle's new loan signing Giuseppe Rossi wants to play his way into the full Italian team.
Newcastle United's new loan signing Giuseppe Rossi has revealed his desire to take the chance to play his way into the full Italian squad in the future.
Manchester United's ambitious youngster secured a last minute move to St James' Park until January and wants to use the opportunity of first team football to score his way into coach Roberto Donadoni plans for the world champions.
The American-born Italian turned down the possibility of playing for the USA at the World Cup this summer, in favour of representing Italy and hopes to make the most of his selection.
"The Italian target is winning the European Championship with the Under-21 team and dreaming of big things like the jersey of the main national team, and being able to play with people like [Francesco] Totti, [Andrea] Pirlo and [Gennaro] Gattuso," Rossi told Corriere dello Sport.
"The English target is playing and scoring a lot."
Rossi has been compared to Italian great Paolo Rossi, whose six goals led the Azzurri to the 1982 world championship, in some quarters and the 19-year-old is flattered.
"I've seen on TV his World Cup goals and my father told me enough about him," he added.
"It would be great to follow in his tracks."
Rossi's first focus is on the Under-21 side who take on Iceland next in the Euro qualifiers, before his debut for The Magpies which could come against Fulham at home on September 9.