Thiago Motta accepts Italy snub
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta admits it is understandable why he has not been picked for Italy since Euro 2012.
The 30-year-old was born in Brazil and represented the Seleção at Under-17 and Under-23 level but possesses dual nationality and opted to switch his allegiances to Italy in February 2011.
Motta has been capped 13 times by the Azzurri but went off injured in their 4-0 Euro 2012 final defeat to Spain and has since fallen out of favour, which he admits is understandable.
"I miss the national team a lot," the former Barcelona and Inter player told Gazzetta dello Sport, as reported on Football Italia.
"But [Cesare] Prandelli was correct in his decision. He picked players who were playing more than I was, yet he knows how I play and what I can offer."
Prandelli has opened the door to more youthful players in recent times, such as PSG playmaker Marco Verratti, but Motta acknowledges he is a different type of player to the 20-year-old.
"We are different but complimentary players, as demonstrated here at PSG,” he continued.
"He’s good at bringing the ball out with his feet, while I develop play further forward.
"I’m left-footed and he is right-footed. When I see Marco play I think of Andrea Pirlo and he has great potential.
"I, though, had different duties for the national side."