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Roma’s Stephan El Shaarawy spoke to the media ahead of his side’s clash with Austria Wien and touched upon his hopes of rejoining the national team for the next international break.

With Roma set to take on Austria Wien today, El Shaarawy has his eyes set on his Austrian counterparts. He told Sky Sports: 

“It’s certainly a very important game, either for me or for the team. We need a win to maintain consistency in terms of results, especially after the nice win against Napoli. Today, it’s important we win. We have the same amount of points as them and winning would mean we’re first. We need the three points. I feel good physically, the manager is happy with my current fitness levels. However, he’s making other choices but in a team like this, it’s normal that there’s competition. I try to train well.” 

On his most recent exclusion from the national team, El Shaarawy said:

I’ve always been in contention but Ventura is making his choices. I respect them, even if I’m disappointed not to get the call-up. However, I have to show I’m worthy of a call-up on the pitch. My objective is to return with the national team but before everything I have to do well with Roma.”

When asked about whether he expected Totti’s fine form despite his age, El Shaarawy said:

“Yes, you can see his quality. Even in training. Totti is a footballer who always knows how to be decisive. He has qualities which he hasn’t lost over time. Playing with him is a pleasure.” 


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