Federico Marchetti has assured Italy fans he has the temperament to be the nation's World Cup No1.
“Everything changed from one day to the next, but if I am here then it’s because I have quality,” said Marchetti. “I am experiencing a unique story. You are alone in goal and if you make a mistake your only ally is the woodwork.
“I do not step on to the field afraid of conceding a goal, but with the idea I will save everything. If you’re afraid, then you cannot be a goalkeeper.”
He only had four caps before coming on at half-time against Paraguay and no international experience at club level, but Marchetti showed nerves of steel.
“I am helped by courage, a slightly carefree attitude and awareness of my own quality. My experience has also made a difference. I stared death in the face during a car crash a few years ago, hitting a truck, so nothing can scare me now.
“I lost two of my dearest friends in another accident. They’ll be cheering me on from up there now.
“I may seem cold, but I do experience many emotions. I am the one who decides which to show to the world and when.
“I started out as a striker, because I had a very powerful kick, but one day it was raining and many mothers didn’t let their kids out to play football. I went between the posts and something clicked, I fell in love with that role.”