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Sampdoria's Cassano won't accept Italy bench role

Sampdoria striker Antonio Cassano isn't interested in being part of Italy's Euro2008 squad if he is to be restricted to a bench role.

The on-loan Real Madrid forward declared: "The Euros need Cassano or (Francesco) Totti more than (Alessandro) del Piero. If I was to go, I would not accept just any role. I want to play in all the Euro games.

"I am a guy who is confident in myself and I do not run second to anyone."

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