Totti considering return for World Cup

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Veteran Roma forward Francesco Totti remains uncertain whether to come out of international retirement to feature for Italy at this summer's World Cup finals.

The 33-year-old called time on his Azzurri career in the summer of 2007 after winning 58 caps, but calls are growing for him to reconsider ahead of the showpiece in South Africa.

Totti commented: "Lifting the World Cup (in 2006) was one of the most beautiful sensations in the world.

"I don't know (if I will return) because I still haven't spoken to Marcello Lippi and I will also have to evaluate my physical condition. Then we need to see if the group wants me."

Meanwhile, Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has stated that he will retire from football as soon as he drifts out of the international picture.

The 32-year-old, who has completed a century of appearances for the Azzurri, is set to be first-choice for Italy's World Cup defence in South Africa this summer, but he may call time soon after.

He told the Italian media: "When they no longer call me up to the national team, I will retire. It's not as if I would like to continue playing forever."

Meanwhile, Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has set his sights on bringing striker Amauri back to the club following a disappointing first season in Turin.

He told Gr Parlamento: "Once again I will confirm that I would take back Amauri.

"I am certain that the way Juventus have played has not helped him. It has not helped him to show his qualities and it seems like his team-mates forget about him.

"Give him the ball and he will be a great striker, but Juventus never pass it to him."