Italy coach Cesare Prandelli intends to recall Udinese striker Antonio di Natale.
Prandelli confirmed that in light of long-term injuries to Antonio Cassano and Giuseppe Rossi, his consideration of other options includes the 34-year-old.
“When you have to change course, you look for different players who can provide continuity over time, and then assess those who helped with qualification.
“For Di Natale it is a different matter - for the third consecutive year he could reach the heights of realisation.
“I have a wide choice in attack, but currently only [Mario] Balotelli is fine. In February for the friendly with the U.S. I will call up Di Natale.
“I’m curious to see him with Balotelli. Both are points of movement and can run like Rossi and Cassano.”