Juventus coach Ranieri backs Del Piero for Italy call

Juventus coach Claudio Ranieri has called on Roberto Donadoni to select Alessandro del Piero for his Italy Euro2008 squad.

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"I think that Del Piero has convinced Donadoni," the Old Lady Coach told the Guerin Sportivo. "Alessandro hadn't done well against France, but who would have under those circumstances?

"At the start of the season, even I didn't use him that much and he complained like the others on the bench.

"But the difference is that he never gave up, unlike lots of others, Champions don't give in.

"Del Piero has enormous character and is a professional like few others in the world."

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