Juventus striker Alessandro Del Piero has revealed his anger at being axed by Italy coach Roberto Donadoni.
The Juve ace was not even on the substitutes' bench in Italy's recent Euro 2008 qualifying win in Georgia.
Del Piero claims he is as hungry as ever to represent the Azzurri, but is not happy with Donadoni's decision.
"My will to play has never left me," explained Del Piero. "Being in the stands bothers me.
"There will be plenty of time to talk about this. Am I angry? Sure."
Juve coach Didier Deschamps has spoken with Del Piero about his omission and conceded he is not guaranteed a place in the national team.
"Ale feels good and he's regained the will to play. I respect Donadoni," said the French tactician.
"I've spoken with Del Piero but things are different between Juve and the national team."