Chievo Verona coach Mimmo di Carlo believes striker Sergio Pellissier can make a late run for Italy's World Cup squad.

"To send our Pellissier to South Africa we need to put him in a situation where he can score 20 goals this season and, if he manages that, Chievo will comfortably avoid relegation," smiled Di Carlo.

Pellissier added: "A good reason to take me to the World Cup? I am someone who never gives in and, every now and then, you need a player like that."