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Feb, 10, 2011

Maldini opposed to Oriundi

Former Italy manager Cesare Maldini believes Cesare Prandelli should not field players who were not born in the country.

Italy have a long history of selecting Oriundi, with the World Cup-winning sides of 1934 and 1938 including South America-born Raimundo Orsi, Luis Monti and Michele Andreolo, while Argentina-born Mauro Camoranesi was part of the side that won the 2006 tournament.

Current coach Prandelli has continued the tradition, handing call-ups to Cristian Ledesma, Amauri and Thiago Motta, but Maldini - who was in charge of the Azzurri in the late 1990s - feels it is wrong.

"I am against the use of Oriundi in the Nazionale," Maldini told Radio Incontro following Italy's 1-1 draw in Germany on Wednesday. "Do we not have players in Italy who are as good as Thiago Motta? I think so. I consider Oriundi to be a return to the past.

"In a list of 27-30 players, was a Brazilian the right man? I'd have preferred [Sampdoria midfielder Angelo] Palombo to Thiago Motta for a starting spot against Germany last night, but instead he was left on the bench."

He added: "Giampaolo Pazzini is a good player and proving that with Inter. Antonio Cassano is paying the price for a long period on the sidelines, so with all those options it was not the best strike partnership to pick.

"Riccardo Montolivo and Daniele De Rossi played well, despite the fact they're not having great seasons at club level.

"I am confident Andrea Ranocchia and Leonardo Bonucci represent the future of the defence and we will find a great heir to Gigi Buffon in goal."

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