Italy coach Donadoni backs foreign-based strikers

Italy coach Roberto Donadoni has backed Luca Toni and Rolando Bianchi's decision to pursue their careers abroad.

Donadoni saw Bayern Munich striker Luca Toni score in their 3-0 defeat of Hansa Rostock and said: "Toni confirmed he is the usual merciless hitman.

"The goal aside, the positive thing was to see him in good physical shape despite the problems he had during pre-season training. He proved he has recovered and now he can only get better."

Bianchi was also on target on debut for Manchester City and Donadoni added: "Our talents will be able to take centre stage in foreign Leagues. Now I am waiting to see goals from Giuseppe Rossi, Cristiano Lucarelli and Graziano Pelle.

"I won't lose sight of any of them. Experience in other championships can help our players to grow."

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