â€śWhen I play for the Nazionale itâ€™s always like this,â€ť he snapped. â€śEveryone is in great shape except me. I am described as slow, clumsy and off form.â€ť
He only scored in one game during the 2006 World Cup and could well be dropped for the younger Alberto Gilardino in tonightâ€™s match against the United States.
â€śI am 32 and do not feel old. In fact, I am in my prime after scoring 61 goals in two years in Germany. I donâ€™t think thatâ€™s a record to be sniffed at.
â€śIn any case, the important thing is to be in this squad. I hope to start the game, but if I donâ€™t then I will cheer on my replacement.
â€śWe all have fun together and that is important when going for victory.â€ť