Totti open to Italy return
World Cup winner offers himself as emergency cover
By Lewis Rutledge. Last Updated: November 29, 2007 4:42pm
Totti: Willing to return
Francesco Totti has told Italy coach Roberto Donadoni that he would be willing to come out of international retirement if required.
The Roma forward took a break from international football after helping Italy win the World Cup last summer.
He then announced in July of this year that he would be quitting the national team completely.
But asked by GQ magazine whether he would return for Euro 2008, Totti replied: "If I was needed because of some injuries or an emergency."
Totti has stressed that he would not want to be selected ahead of any of the players who featured in Italy's qualification campaign.
He said: "It's right that the 22 to 24 players who secured qualification go. If I took someone's place it wouldn't be right."
Totti's offer is unlikely to tempt Donadoni, who has frequently expressed irritation at having to answer questions about a player who has ruled himself out of his plans.