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Al Ahli defender Cannavaro: Italian football has slipped

Former Juventus defender and Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro believes Serie A's standard has dropped.

Cannavaro is now playing in the UAE with Al Ahli.

He said: "Unfortunately you watch the games on television and you don't enjoy yourself.

"Even tactically there aren't any novelties. We have stopped ourselves a little, just like the English.

"The condition of the Under-21s shows that we are in difficulty. I'll give you an example: the majority of us who won the World Cup in 2006 also won the Under-21 European Championship.

"This is a signal. This is the reflection of today's reality. Gattuso, Pirlo, me, Del Piero, Nesta, Buffon, Inzaghi. There were so many of us. Now there is little."

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