Could Francesco Totti make a sensational return for Italy?

The 2006 World Cup winner has been in incredible form this
season

In Rome ‘Francesco’ is the name on everybody’s lips. Pope Francis is taking the world by storm, grabbing the headlines, while on the back pages, the Italian capital’s favourite son, Francesco Totti is making news of his own, and may even make a sensational return to the international scene.

The 2006 World Cup winner has been in incredible form this season, defying his age with movement, touch and a goalscoring eye that has seen him become the second-highest Serie A marksman of all time.

His 226 league goal – a well-taken, trademark free-kick – contributed to a 2-0 victory over Parma on Sunday, and his red-hot form has attracted admiring glances from Cesare Prandelli. The forward hasn’t donned the famous Azzuri jersey since he lifted the trophy in Berlin, but with the ex-Roma coach admitting that he is “obliged” to consider Totti for selection, the Giallorossi hero has not dismissed speculation.

He said: “Prandelli’s words please me a lot. I don’t know, at the moment I am doing fine. But from here until 2014, let’s see.

“It could be the year I quit. Who knows? When Prandelli calls me up let’s see.”

Totti’s return from the international wilderness may prove to be productive, and he may well take note of the achievements by other prodigal sons after a substantial time away from the international scene...

Martin Palermo: After missing three penalties during a 3-0 defeat to Colombia in the Copa America, the Boca Juniors legend spent a decade away from the international scene. Recalled by Diego Maradona, the strong forward scored a crucial last-minute goal against Peru to aid his nation’s progress to the 2010 World Cup.

Roberto Baggio: One of the outstanding players of World Cup 1994, Baggio will always be remembered with his hands on his hips, looking down at the penalty spot. He featured rarely in the following four years in the build-up to the showpiece in France in 1998. However, with the Azzurri struggling, Cesare Maldini had little option but to offer the ‘Divine Ponytail’ another chance, which he repaid with some excellent displays and a goal in their opening World Cup match against Chile.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee