Sampdoria Coach Marco Giampaolo thinks Fabio Quagliarella may not be far from a return to the Italian national team.
Quagliarella, 35, hasn’t featured for his country since 2010, but he has been instrumental in his side’s success so far this season in Serie A.
“Fabio is a strong player, but he needs to play 38 games so I took him off,” Giampaolo explained to Football Italia after beating Spal.
“I understand he might not have been happy, but I have other strong players. It’s clear that there are hierarchies, but I can’t play an entire season with 11 men.
“Italy? It wouldn’t surprise me, because he’s a great player, an assist man, and it would be an extraordinary gift to him.”
Giampaolo also reflected on the Blucerchiati’s performance tonight.
“We could have managed the game better but we didn’t have the resources to do that. It was our fifth game in two weeks and I’m happy with how we dealt with it.
“We lost our control of the ball and we suffered for the past 10 minutes, but the defensive line and the midfield proved to be solid.
“We’d be even higher in the table if we hadn’t had some incidents in the final minutes. Tonight the team was always switched on.
“A team is strong when the level is the same for 90 minutes.”