Donadoni offers Cassano hope
By Nadia Carminati. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
New Italy coach Roberto Donadoni has boosted Antonio Cassano's hopes of earning an international recall.
The 24-year-old struggled to establish himself at Real Madrid last term after securing a transfer from Roma midway through the season.
He made only three starts in La Liga and missed out on a place in Italy's squad for the World Cup as a result.
Following the Azzurri's triumph in Germany it could be more difficult for Cassano to force his way back into the squad.
However, Donadoni has insisted that the door is open to any player who performs consistently well for his club.
"The Italian national team's jersey is everyone's right, but they must be able to deserve it," Donadoni explained.
"Cassano is in the same position. It is up to him."
Donadoni will not be able to call Cassano up for Italy's friendly against Croatia on August 16 due to his Real Madrid commitments.