El Shaarawy has made a stunning start to the season and he was selected by Azzurri boss Cesare Prandelli for the recent Brazil 2014 qualifiers.
"My objective is the World Cup, but there is the Under-21 European Championship before that," he told the Gazzetta dello Sport. "That's important to me too.
"I'm very grateful to Prandelli for throwing me in at such a delicate moment.
"I just want to play as much as possible for Milan and hopefully get into double figures for goals in the League and at least 15 overall this season."