Criscito targets Italy return
Defender yet to speak to Prandelli following match-fixing scandal
Last Updated: August 20, 2012 3:08pm
Domenico Criscito: Keen to move on after being involved in match-fixing investigation
Domenico Criscito has expressed his desire to one day resume his international career after missing out on Euro 2012 in the wake of the Italian match-fixing investigation.
The 25-year-old Zenit St Petersburg defender was named in Cesare Prandelli's Italy squad for the tournament in Poland and Ukraine but pulled out after investigators searched his room at the Azzurri's training camp.
Criscito was left out of Italy's squad for last week's friendly against England and he blamed the fall-out from the corruption affair for his exclusion, despite him being cleared of any involvement.
"I have not talked to Prandelli since I left the squad's training base ahead of Euro 2012 but I hope one day I will play for my country's team again," he added.
"I went to Italy to talk to the investigators of this case and they told me that they had no further questions or claims.
"But unfortunately I was involved in that case, which still is not ended...
"I want to put this all behind me."
Criscito joined reigning Russian champions Zenit last year from Genoa after a two-year spell at Juventus between 2007 and 2009.