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By ESPN Staff
Apr 24, 2006

Italy striker Cassano worried about World Cup prospects

MADRID, April 24 (Reuters) - Real Madrid striker Antonio Cassano is worried about his chances of making the Italy squad for the World Cup finals in Germany.

'I haven't lost hope but I think it is going to be very difficult,' Cassano told reporters after Sunday's 2-1 win over Malaga in the Bernabeu.

'I am not playing very much with my club and usually it is only those who are playing regularly who go.'

The 23-year-old was given a rare start with Ronaldo out injured on Sunday, but was guilty of squandering some of his side's best chances as they laboured to overhaul a 1-0 deficit against the Primera Liga's bottom club.

It was only after he was withdrawn in the second half that Zinedine Zidane and Sergio Ramos scrambled a last minute win.

'I had some good chances today but luck wasn't with me. I played an hour and need to continue playing. I am convinced I will improve,' he added.

Cassano joined Real from AS Roma at the beginning of January for a fee of £3.75million.

Real are third in the league two points behind second-placed Valencia and 10 behind Barcelona who have a game in hand.