Juventus striker Amauri has spoken of his dream of playing in next year's World Cup for Italy.
The 29-year-old was born in Brazil but is in the process of acquiring Italian citizenship.
He never appeared at international level for Brazil and wants to represent the Azzurri instead.
Amauri said: "I hope to make it to South Africa. If the call-up arrives, I will be honoured to wear the Azzurri colours.
"I have chosen Italy as opposed to Brazil because it's where my football career took off."
Italy coach Marcello Lippi had hoped to have Amauri available for selection for his side's final two World Cup qualifiers against Ireland and Cyprus.
But reports in Italy claim that the striker will have to wait a few months more before he becomes eligible to play.
When asked about Amauri's situation, Lippi said: "I will only talk about Amauri once he has his Italian passport."