Vito Mannone wants international recognition for fine form

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Sunderland's Vito Mannone is hoping to get into the Italy team through his performance for the club.

Vito Mannone is hoping to get international recognition for his fine form in between the Sunderland sticks.

The Italian stopper is uncapped for his nation and he admits that he was jealous when he saw some of his Black Cats teammates flying off for international duty this weekend.

As a result, he is hoping to continue impressing in the Premier League to force his way into selection for his country.

"A little bit I envy them,” Mannone told the Gazette.

“I’m always wishing that good performances in the Premier League will be enough for somebody to have a look at me."

“Sometimes the lads are joking with me and say I’m not even an Italian anymore!"

“But I am, and I wish sometimes that this call will come and I can join as well."

“Sometimes you see the lads going and I stay here and enjoy my family and working hard."

“But it would be a good reward.”

Italy are well stocked with goalkeepers across the divisions, so Mannone's form would have to be exceptional to get into the squad.

However, after a player of the year award last year, there is not too much more he can be doing to showcase himself at the Stadium of Light.

Mannone is one of Sunderland's key players nowadays and a player who Gus Poyet can rely on to perform. 

The former Arsenal man has made an admirable impression since stepping in to fill the void left by Simon Mignolet and there are no concerns about his ability.

Mannone provides a sturdy figure in net and rarely makes an errors, meaning that the rest of the team have a solid platform to build upon.

The hope is that this stability in goal can propel them up the table this time around.

Sunderland narrowly avoided the drop last season and they will be hoping for a much more comfortable end to the season this campaign. 

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