APPIANO GENTILE – At today’s press conference, new signing Francesco Coco commented on his call-up to Cuper’s squad for tomorrow night’s Grafoplast Trophy in Genoa.

Does this call-up mean you are sure to be used?
I will certainly play a part of a match. I should be able to play at least forty-five minutes. It’s been a few days now that I’ve begun to work well and today I trained fully with the squad. I believe I will be ready to play at least for a little bit.

Has your World Cup experience affected you positively?
However it went, I played in a World Cup and so it’s an important experience. It can’t be 100% positive because we had other ambitions. But if you’ve given everything then you have brought home something positive. On a personal level I’ve brought home a lot of positive memories.

At a press conference, Trapattoni publicly stated that he should have changed you and Panucci on the flanks in the last match.
I didn’t read about it. I was certainly fresher, it was my second game. I may even have been physically stronger. I think that a lot of mistakes were made at the World Cup – by the Italian training staff, the referees and by other people. But a lot of the blame falls on us – we should have won and we were knocked out in the round of sixteen. It went like that, so let’s look to get something positive out of what happened.

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