When American-born and raised striker Giuseppe Rossi made the decision to play for Italy instead of the United States last February, he did so with the hope of eventually becoming a part of the Italian senior national team.
That dream is closer to coming true after Rossi earned his first Italian senior national team call-up on Sunday, for Italy’s upcoming World Cup qualifying matches against Bulgaria and Montenegro.
The Villarreal forward and one-time Manchester United player impressed Italy coach Marcelo Lippi with his play in last summer’s Olympic games and earned the call ahead of legendary striker Alessandro Del Piero.
Born and raised in New Jersey, where he lived until he was 13, Rossi has established himself as one of the best young strikers in Europe, having helped Parma avoid relegation in 2007, and starring for Villarreal during its impressive 2007-2008 campaign.
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