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Inter Milan midfielder Motta: I am ready for Italy debut

Inter Milan midfielder Thiago Motta hopes to make his debut for Italy tonight against Germany.

The Brazilian-born ace insists he "feels Italian".

Motta said: "I hope to play a great game. It will be a special evening. The emotion will not be comparable with anything else I have been through in my career so far.

"I feel privileged to have this opportunity and I will try and take it to the best of my abilities. The national team shirt was the one of my dreams. I have the chance to make it come true after many years and I am happy for this.

"I was born in Brazil, but I feel absolutely Italian. I am very happy to be here with my teammates.

"My family comes from Italy. I didn't have the luck to be born here, but I feel completely Italian. I know the national anthem, but I won't sing it only because I don't know the melody.

"I don't know what they think in Brazil about this decision. I don't believe that they consider me a traitor."

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