"This is a dream for anyone who plays football for a living and I am very proud. I am truly happy," he told Radio Radio.
"I always tried to do everything I could to deserve the Azzurri jersey and have finally been able to make my dream come true.
"If I am in the Nazionale, then I have to thank Coach Marco Giampaolo. He gives me confidence and a sense of security. Cagliari are playing at a very high level and it is all thanks to him."