Door still open for Italy duo
Roberto Donadoni insists Alessandro Del Piero and Antonio Cassano could make Italy's Euro 2008 squad.
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 04/02/08 9:58pm
Roberto Donadoni insists Alessandro Del Piero and Antonio Cassano are not out of the reckoning for a place in Italy's Euro 2008 squad.
Both players have been left out of Donadoni's plans for Wednesday's friendly with Portugal and the decision has cast doubt on their participation in the summer's tournament.
Juventus legend Del Piero has been in sparkling form of late, but Azzurri coach Donadoni explained there is still time for players to return to the fold.
"I thought about looking at a few new players because this is one of the last chances before the European Championship," Donadoni told Italian reporters.
"With four months to go to the European Championship, no one should feel exluded.
"Del Piero is intelligent, he knows what the situation is very well.
"Del Piero is not sacked, even if in that role I prefer there to be a certain type of player."
Cassano has impressed of late during his loan spell at Sampdoria from Real Madrid and Donadoni is looking to see further improvement from the attacker.
The Italy coach added: "Cassano must change a few aspects of his character. He's growing and he can do more now. I'm confident and I wait."