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Sunderland man ready for Italy World Cup call

Sunderland midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini is hoping for a call from Cesare Prandelli despite a disappointing season.

The announcement of Italy's World Cup squad is imminent and the competition for places is fierce, but Emanuele Giaccherini reckons he has a chance.

Although Giaccherini has been a regular in Prandelli's squads and featured in the qualification process, he has been struggling to assert himself in the Premier League.

The 29-year-old who provides versatility in the midfield, has admitted that he doesn't fully understand why he hasn't played more regularly this season, but doesn't believe it means he will be ruled out of a place in Brazil.

"Prandelli truly knows the player that I am," Giaccherini said in the Corriere dello Sport.

"Despite criticism from more or less everyone he called me up to the national team and gave me my debut against Spain in Euro 2012.

"I have had some difficulties in England but it hasn't been a wasted season. I am physically ready and I am available if he calls me."

Giaccherini joined Sunderland from Juventus in July 2013 in a deal which appeared to be a major coup for the Black Cats.

But Giaccherini's compatriot Paolo Di Canio was soon sacked and Sunderland only survived after a heroic late rally.

"All things considered it was a good season for Sunderland," Giaccherini said. "We achieved our objective and avoided relegation.

"On a personal level I can honestly say that I didn't follow the Premier League much when I was at Juventus but now I can say with certainty that it is more difficult than Serie A - there are the very best players and teams."

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