Date: 25th March 2011 at 12:00am
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Fabrizio Miccoli has claimed that he will never play for the Italian National team again.

During his career, the Palermo striker has scored two goals in only ten games for the Azzurri.

He spoke about how it ended, “After my knee operation I just wanted to be happy and play regularly for Palermo.”

Marcelo Lippi didn’t pick the thirty-one year old in the 2010 World Cup after he had a brilliant season for Palermo, though these were mainly due to political reasons as Miccoli testified against Juventus in the Calciopoli trials.

Current Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has also opted not to pick Miccoli in the recent sqaud to play against Slovenia this weekend.

Miccoli appears to have moved on though, “I’ve closed the book on the Italian national side and I’m not thinking about it anymore.”

Miccoli scored in his last game for Italy against Finland in a one-nil win in 2004.

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