Juventus goalkeeper Gigi Buffon says Italy fans can be excited about their developing team.
Italy impressed in this summer's Confederations Cup.
"A beautiful national side is being born," the Juventus captain told ANSA. "The side can still grow and take on anybody at the World Cup.
"We demonstrated at the Confederations Cup that we are as good as the best teams in the world. We've also made progress in the way we play.
"Now we need to keep following the instructions of boss Cesare Prandelli in order to continue growing."