Sampdoria defender: I deserved Italy call-up
The 25-year-old did not feature in the match itself, a 2-1 defeat to the Albiceleste, but his place in the squad was his first involvement with the Azzurri for two years.
“Being picked was the icing on the cake for all of the hard work I did last season”, De Silvestri told Tuttosport.
“I had an excellent second half of the campaign and I dedicate the call-up by Cesare Prandelli to myself seeing as I’ve had to swallow some bitter pills in the past…”
De Silvestri spent last season on loan at Sampdoria from parent club Fiorentina, who have opted to renew the loan agreement for the coming season.
“I wanted to stay in Genoa. I never kept that secret and the club wanted me to remain here as well.”