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Totti: Cassano and I should be in Brazil

Roma captain Francesco Totti believes both he and Antonio Cassano should be boarding the plane to Brazil in June, while he is keen to see Didier Drogba sign for the capital club in the future.

Francesco Totti was on target from the penalty spot to put the result beyond doubt for Roma.
Francesco Totti is hoping for a place in Italy's World Cup squad.

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Totti, 37, marked his return after a month out injured with a goal in the Giallorossi's 3-2 Serie A win over Udinese on Monday night.

His sixth goal of the campaign has led to calls for him to be included by Italy coach Cesare Prandelli in his squad for the World Cup.

Cassano also caught the eye at the weekend with two goals in Parma's 4-2 win at AC Milan.

And while he says he continues to keep his fingers crossed Prandelli will call him up, Totti sees no reason why both he and Cassano, 31, cannot earn a call-up for Brazil.

"Why not? If I'm fit, I'd take myself," Totti told La Romanista fanzine. "[Cassano's] half crazy, but he's a laugh and if he carries on playing the way he's playing now, it's only right that he goes."

Totti is also hoping to be able to show his quality once again in the Champions League next season.

Roma are currently on course for a return to Europe's elite club competition, and the Italy international feels they will not just be there to make up the numbers.

"[Winning the Champions League] is the one thing I'm lacking," Totti said. "It's every Romanista's dream. It's harder to win than the World Cup, but let's just get there first."

To help them, a player of Drogba's calibre would certainly help, Totti says.

"If only we could get him!" Totti said. "He's even younger than I am. When you have players like that, then you can win things, but it's not down to me to sign players and I've never done that. But if we can get three more players, this is a team which can win things next season."

Given Juventus' 14-point advantage at the top of Serie A, even if Roma still have a game in hand, Totti cannot see the scudetto arriving this season.

"Juve are too strong," he said. "There's no catching them. They've been winning for three years and you've got to pay tribute to them for that.

"It's 99 percent over. I'll keep a one percent chance for myself. [Our dream] ended in the past four or five games, not before. We believed we could win the scudetto because we were top, then second -- we were always thereabouts. Anyway, it's gone now."


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