Fiorentina striker keen to impress

The 27-year-old did not feature during the Azzurri’s successful finals in Germany in 2006, despite being in the squad.

“I want to have a great World Cup, I’m working on the little things, physical and technical, so that I can begin it in the right way,” said Gilardino.

“As for whether or not I’ll be first choice, it’s up to (coach Marcello) Lippi to decide but I feel I’m at 100 percent.

“I’m ready to take on my responsibilities, this is a decisive moment in my career.”