Italy coach Roberto Donadoni admits he has been impressed with Francesco Totti's form this season but insists he will not pressure the player into making an international return.
The Roma skipper is refusing to play for The Azzurri until 2007 in order to fully shake off an ankle injury at a time when Donadoni's side are struggling in their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign.
Given Totti's excellent form in the capital, capped by an impressive brace against Milan at the weekend, there has been criticism of the player's self-imposed exile.
However, Donadoni is refusing to join a growing circle of critics as he accepts Totti's decision to only return to the international fold once he feels fully confident to do so.
"He's growing a lot as his fitness improves," said Donadoni.
"It's possible to see this and he has more faith in the ankle and he plays more on the ball.
"Probably before he was unsure. The only thing he misses is continuity. When he is ready he will get a call.
"For the moment, the speech that there is between us is valid."