Juventus and Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon has named Spain as one of his favourites for euro 2016 and praised teammate Alvaro Morata.
Morata was named in La Roja’s 25-man preliminary squad for the tournament and Buffon, having played with the former Real Madrid striker for the past few years, believes Morata is a rare breed.
“He’s got a desire to learn, and when someone with quality has the desire to learn, it’s hard to fail in his career,” Buffon said, AS reports.
“He has the technical and physical qualities not found in many players. He’s someone who can have the career of a champion, not of a normal player. And I predict he will, because he has what’s needed to have it.”
Morata is in line to play in France after Diego Costa and Paco Alcacer were left out, with veteran Aritz Aduriz his main competition for the centre-forward role, and Buffon sees Spain as one of the main contenders for the trophy.
“I think Spain, Germany and France are the top three favourites, without a doubt, and then, as a surprise, Belgium. You have to take them into account as they have a very talented generation,” Buffon argued.
“Italy are having a little difficulty because it’s not an easy period and we have two major injuries, Marco Verratti and Claudio Marchisio. But we always react in difficult moments and do important things. We don’t lack confidence, we have a great Coach, and great pride and desire to have a great Euros.”