Domenico Criscito publicly supported new Italy CT Roberto Mancini claiming he “is the right man for the job”.
The two worked together at Zenit this season, and Mancini was announced as the new Azzurri Manager yesterday.
Criscito spoke with Tuttosport about the appointment.
“He’s spectacular, both on a human level and a professional one.
“I already knew him before he came to coach here because when he was at Inter he came to find out if I was willing to move to the Nerazzurri.
“He knows so much about football but I don’t need to say that, his CV speaks for itself. He’s won wherever he’s gone, from Inter to Manchester City.
“On a human level Mancini is outstanding, our relationship is excellent. I’ll never be able to thank him enough, he taught me football.
“I’m happy they’ve decided to entrust the resurrection of the national team to him, he’s the right man to bring us back to the footballing elite.
Criscito hasn’t been capped by his country since 2014, with Mancini as CT is there a chance of a recall?
“I’ll be honest, I did make some jokes with the boss, all joking aside though, Mancini knows what I can offer, unlike Ventura who considered Russia to be too far away to come and watch me.
“I really hope with all my heart that I’ll have the chance to wear Azzurro again”.