Motta cleared to make Italy bow

The Brazilian played for Brazil at under 23 level but has not made it into the main national squad. As a result, he was eligible to play for Italy once he became an Italian citizen.

Prandelli said: “The permission from FIFA for Thiago being able to play for the national side arrived this morning [Monday]. I find it fantastic that players who aren’t born in this country are demanding to put on the Azzurri shirt.”