Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has welcomed their scheduled friendly with world and European champions Spain.
The pair will go head-to-head on August 10.
â€śIt will be a very difficult game against Spain, but itâ€™s important to challenge yourself against the top sides and weâ€™ll try to prepare for it as best we can,â€ť said Prandelli of that friendly at Bariâ€™s Stadio San Nicola.
The Azzurri boss is not averse to dropping big names like Antonio Cassano, as he warned those in smaller sides could be in a stronger position.
â€śPlaying regularly at club level is essential to be in the Italy squad, because the physical aspect is crucial at the top.
â€śAs for more Oriundi, all players who have Italian nationality must aspire to the Azzurri jersey and believe to the end. We wonâ€™t close our doors on anyone.â€ť