Rossi's Azzurri ambition
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Manchester United prospect Giuseppe Rossi has pledged his allegiance to Italy.
Manchester United's promising talent Giuseppe Rossi has pledged his international allegiance to Italy.
The New Jersey-born Rossi, who signed for United from Serie A side Parma in the summer of 2004, is also eligible to play for the United States.
But, despite featuring in youth sides for the States, a love of Italian football has swung Rossi's decision in favour of representing the Azzurri should the opportunity arise.
"I grew up watching the Italian team and Serie A," said Rossi.
"I really appreciate having had the chance to play for America and I thank the USA for that. But Italian football has always been a part of me."
The 19-year-old prospect has made 12 appearances for United after making his debut for The Red Devils in November 2004 during a Carling Cup fourth round win over Crystal Palace.