Rusty Italy to face Scotland

Updated: 23 March 2007 07:55 IST

Italy coach Roberto Donadoni is worried about his team's form for next week's European Championship qualifier against Scotland.

Rusty Italy to face Scotland

Florence:

Italy coach Roberto Donadoni is worried about his team's form for next week's European Championship qualifier against Scotland.

"We're going to need all of our energy against Scotland," Donadoni said Tuesday as Italy opened training camp.

"The national team hasn't played for four months. I don't want to create excuses before the game, but it's always good to point it out," he added.

The World Cup champions haven't played since a 1-1 draw with Turkey on November 15. A friendly with Romania in February was canceled due to fan violence.

Scotland and France are tied for the lead in Group B with nine points each. Italy is third with seven points.

Italy hosts Scotland in Bari on March 28. On Saturday, Donadoni will fly to Glasgow to attend Scotland's match against Georgia.

"I want to see Scotland play with its new coach," Donadoni said. Alex McLeish was hired last month to replace Walter Smith, who quit as Scotland manager on January 10 to return to Rangers.

Questions about Totti

While he tried to keep the focus on the Scotland match, Donadoni was barraged by questions over Francesco Totti's status.

Totti has not played for Italy since the World Cup final and the Italian soccer federation released a statement last week saying he will "be available" again in September.

"It's not been said that in September he will be on the field at all costs. It will be up to me to decide if Totti is called up or not," Donadoni said. "Right now we've got other things to think about.

"The way we repeatedly discuss this argument bores me," Donadoni added. "When Totti has fully recuperated physically we will talk again. Now let's focus on the game and the players that are here."

Totti still has about 10 screws and a metal rod holding his surgically repaired left leg together.

However, he currently leads the Serie A with 18 goals for AS Roma and has led the club to the Champions League quarterfinals.



Topics : Football Italy
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