£11m Liverpool outcast eyes shock World Cup place

Liverpool flop Fabio Borini is still hoping that his form for Sunderland will earn him a late call-up to the Italy squad for the World Cup.

The former Chelsea and Roma striker struggled to make an impact at Anfield last season, and was subsequently loaned out to Sunderland for the season, where the 22-year-old has hit five goals this season.

But despite that modest goal return, Borini is still hopeful of catching the eye of Italy boss Cesare Prandelli, and with the World Cup just months away, a spot in his Azzurri squad is up for grabs - but Borini knows that he will have to impress in the second half of the season to stand any chance.

"I wanted to succeed this season because I want to go to the World Cup. I have not heard anything from Italy. I am only focused on myself at the moment. I have to keep scoring goals. It will help if we do well in the big games, both in the cups and in the Premier League.

"The national team coach will look for the better players and at the bigger teams in every country. That's how it works. That's why if we can stay up, score goals then they will notice."

Despite his ambition to make it into the 23-man squad that will travel to Brazil this summer, Borini is aware that there will be a plethora of strikers vying with him for the same place in the team, but acknowledged that only Mario Balotelli and Giuseppe Rossi are virtual locks for the squad if they are fit.

"I would love to be at the World Cup this year," he continued. "There is Mario Balotelli, Giuseppe Rossi, who is injured, ahead of me, they are the two certainties if they are fit. Then there is Alberto Gilardino, Pablo Daniel Osvaldo, Luca Toni, Alessio Cerci, Lorenzo Insigne, maybe."

"There has always been a chance for me. If I score goals there is a chance. You need to score goals to be in there. It’s not changed."

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