Speaking to the French Press, the 30-year-old has conceded that he wasnâ€™t interested in the national team as a kid.
â€śWhen I was young, I didnâ€™t really care about the national team,â€ť he told So Foot. â€śI only really paid any attention when there was a World Cup or European Championship.
â€śI never looked at the qualifiers or anything like that. I was only interested in Roma, the Giallorossi was my life.
â€śBut when you grow up and become a player, Italy is the goal. I was 17 and came from the rooms at Coverciano with the photos of great players in that blue shirt.
â€śOnce you make your debut, you really get to understand what it feels like to play.
â€śI hope to be a part of the national team for as long as possible, maybe even after the Euros in France [in 2016].â€ť
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