Zaza is ‘ready for Italy’ – father

Simone Zaza’s father has revealed the player is hopeful of a recall to the Italian national side after hitting a rich vein of form with Valencia.

The 26-year-old is La Liga’s second top scorer behind Lionel Messi with eight goals in nine games – a tally which has eclipsed his tally of six goals from the entirety of last season, half of which was spent with West Ham United.

“He is calm, we’ll see what happens. Even if the call doesn’t come, he’d be relaxed anyway,” Antonio Zaza told an interview TMW Radio.

“Perhaps he had been over-criticised and needed to rediscover his calm, which he did in Spain, proving what he can really do. Valencia was the best choice he could’ve made.

“The lad needs to be understood. He is sincere, fair and upfront, so he needed a club that believed in him all the way.

“His objective this season is to score as many goals as possible for Valencia and, like every Italian player, he particularly aspires to wearing the Azzurri jersey again.

“All choices are to be respected and we will wait to see what happens in future.”

Italy take on Sweden in next month's World Cup playoffs to determine a place in next year's World Cup in Russia.

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