Bayern Munich ace Luca Toni says Italy are deserved favourites for this year's European Championships.

"It's natural that we are amongst the favourites," Toni explained. "This is a special season for me and one of my objectives is Euro 2008.

"But it will be a very difficult Group - for me it is the "Group of Death" - and then we will probably have to take on Spain.

"We will go to the European Championships with the same target as usual - to win. We are world champions and that gives us an even greater obligation to go for victory."