Martinho wants Azzurri call
Hellas Verona midfielder Raphael Martinho has admitted he would accept a call up to the Italian national team.
The 25 year-old was born in Campo Grande, Brazil, but qualifies for the Azzurri due to an Italian relative.
“I have an Italian passport because of my great grandfather,” he told Tele Nuovo.
“It is my dream to make it to the national side and I would certainly accept a call from Italy boss Cesare Prandelli if he selects me.
“However, I do think that I have a long road to go down in my footballing career.”
Martinho has started the season impressively. He’s featured in all three of Verona’s matches and netted in the Gialloblu’s 2-0 victory against Sassuolo on Sunday.
The left-sided player has been in Italy since 2010, when he was signed from Paulista by Catania. He initially joined Verona on loan from the Sicilian outfit last season and impressed sufficiently to earn a permanent switch.