Azzurri approach Federici

Royals keeper considering switching allegiance to Italy

Federici: Australia or Italy?

Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici claims to have been approached by Italy ahead of this summer's World Cup.

The 25-year-old says the Italian FA have enquired as to whether he would be interested in pledging his allegiance to the reigning world champions.

The Royals ace is a regular member of the Australia set-up but could quit the land of his birth if he so wishes.

Federici did turn out for the Socceroos at the 2008 Olympic Games, but is yet to feature in a major international.

That means, as he holds an Italian passport, Fifa regulations would allow him to accept a call from Marcelo Lippi should the Italy boss choose to select him for the trip to South Africa.

Stunned

Federici told The Sun: "I am stunned. Playing for Italy never crossed my mind.

"But to be contacted by the world champions in the run up to the World Cup is pretty incredible."

Federici has also played for Australia at U20 and U23 level, having been born Down Under to Italian parents.

He is currently back-up to first-choice shot-stopper Mark Schwarzer, but now has a big decision to make.

Should he make one appearance for Australia he would be committed to them for good and would miss out on the opportunity to join up with the Azzurri.