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Nocerino credits sacked Palermo coach Rossi for Italy call

Palermo midfielder Antonio Nocerino says he owes his Italy call to former coach Delio Rossi.

Nocerino came off the bench during the 1-0 victory in Slovenia on Friday evening and Thiago Motta scored the winner soon after.

"Maybe it's not a coincidence," he laughed yesterday.

"We played a good game, as we were organised and determined. As for me, I hope I'll have more chances to play and be a part of this squad."

Nocerino thanked his former Rosanero Coach Rossi, recently fired by Palermo, for the step up in his career.

"If I am here, then I must thank Rossi. He made me grow, not just tactically and in terms of technique, but also as a man.

"At the start everyone thought I was just a workhorse midfielder, but now they are realising I have a certain quality to my football and that makes me happy."

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