Del Piero's delight at Italy call

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Alessandro Del Piero has expressed his delight at winning a call-up to the Italy squad for their forthcoming World Cup qualifiers.

The Juventus captain only recently returned to the international fold earlier this month for the friendly win over Republic of Ireland after a spell in the wilderness.

Del Piero has been included Marcello Lippi's plans for the qualifiers with Scotland and Belarus next month.

"I'm really happy for the Italy call-up, so I'm set to go to Coverciano [Azzurri's headquarter close to Florence] with a big enthusiasm," Del Piero told skysports.com.

"It's a call-up accepted by me with a really really big enthusiasm, I'm really happy to go to the national team."

Turning his attentions to the Serie A title race Del Piero believes Juve face serious challenge from Milan and Internazionale if they want to retain their title.

"Inter and Milan are strong we knew it from this summer and from last year too, also if last season Inter had problems.

"Should the Nerazzurri have continuity, it will become really difficult for all the teams to win."

Del Piero also believes Antonio Cassano will sort out his difficulties at Roma.

The Italian international's future at Roma looks uncertain because of a contract dispute, but Del Piero believes Cassano will soon be back in the side.

"I think he knows in a really good way his environment, and so he will do the best thing for him," added Del Piero.

"He has talent and all the qualities to do good things, so if he doesn't play a match he will play the other one."

Del Piero also revealed his disappointment at the news that Pierluigi Collina had announced his retirement from Serie A after a row over a sponsorship deal.

"Surely we have lost one of the best of the world's referees," said Del Piero.

"He has been so for a long time and he has been a person who had a certain impact in the refereeing world, so it's a pity.

"Let's hope his successors will be good like him, there are few referees as good.".