Italy coach Prandelli happy calling up Inter Milan midfielder Motta

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli is pleased to have called up Inter Milan midfielder Thiago Motta and Juventus striker Alessandro Matri for their friendly against Germany.

Motta, Brazilian-born, was given the all-clear to play for Italy by FIFA last week.

“We were following Motta even when Andrea Pirlo was available, he is not a replacement,” said Prandelli.

“We want a technical midfield, with plenty of quality and he fits the bill. He can play both as a playmaker and as a central midfielder.”

Juventus striker Matri was also included for the first time less than seven days after completing a loan move to the Turin giants.

“We were watching him even before he arrived at Juventus,” Prandelli insisted. “He’s a finisher, but can play out wide too.”

 
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