Toni dismisses selfish jibes
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Luca Toni has insisted that Italy's success is more important than personal glory.
Italy striker Luca Toni has insisted that he will respect whatever decisions are made by coach Marcello Lippi.
Toni started the Azzurri's first two group games but played no part in the decisive win over Czech Republic and is in danger of not regaining his place for the second round clash against Australia.
Reports have suggested that the Fiorentina forward is less than pleased with his bit-part role but he has stressed that the success of the team is more important to him than personal glory.
"This isn't Toni's World Cup," he explained.
"This is Italy's tournament so the important thing is that the national team goes forwards and not that Toni scores.
"I am not happy to read that I don't engage myself in the training sessions."
The 29-year-old also shrugged off criticism of his performances so far, claiming that he was not the only Italian to play below his best.
"I feel good and I'm not disappointed by my World Cup," he said.
"There is a lot of pressure here and I've never played a World Cup or a UEFA Champions League.
"I've only played a match and a half and I don't think I've done many bad things..
"Against USA the whole team had difficulties, not just me."