Etihad Stadium

Next Game

Man City v Liverpool

Monday, 25 August 2014, 20:00

Barclays Prem

Anfield

Last Game

Liverpool 2 - 1 Southampton

Sunday, 17 August 2014, 13:30

Barclays Prem

Parolo inspired by Gerrard

Italy midfielder Marco Parolo has revealed he sees England captain Steven Gerrard as his role model whilst learning to become a top player.

Last Updated: 13/11/13 at 17:20 Post Comment

Marco Parolo: Says he based his game on Steven Gerrard

Marco Parolo: Says he based his game on Steven Gerrard

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

The Parma playmaker is set to feature in Friday's international friendly against Germany in Milan.

"I have always been inspired by Gerrard," Parolo said on Wednesday. "I think he is a point of reference for any midfielder of my generation."

Parolo has been impressive in Serie A this season, scoring five goals while providing two assists so far and it is no surprise he was included in Italy coach Cesare Prandelli's latest roster.

The 28-year-old had been called up once before by Prandelli back in March 2011 but never played.

With seven months to go before the World Cup in Brazil, Prandelli will be evaluating prospects in upcoming friendlies against Germany and Nigeria on Monday and Parolo hopes to make an impact.

"There is a lot of competition in the national team," Parolo said. "I will do everything in my power to remain with the Azzurri.

"I think if I am able to repeat all that I have shown this season with Parma, then I could have a chance to be a part of Italy's World Cup squad.

"Right now I'm focusing on the present and I hope I can do well against Germany if I play."

Parolo, who joined Parma from Cesena in June 2012, has thanked his club for giving him his confidence back.

"After Cesena were relegated (to Serie B) last season, I lost a little bit of confidence," Parolo said.

"Thankfully, I have re-discovered it at Parma, thanks to my coach (Roberto) Donadoni and to my team-mates, who are fantastic.

"I believe we are doing a great job and we can achieve good things this season."

Italy take on Germany having finished their qualifying campaign unbeaten and top of Group B with 22 points from 10 games.

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

O

K FIFA we're done, you can ban us now

jimmyjazz
Barcelona transfer ban upheld

A

h Daniel. I could spend hours on this subject putting the world to rights. You can even take a step back and ask why football fans (and society in general) have this need to know that something will happen before it actually does. There are times this important, when it comes to things like war, food production and natural disasters. A man you've never met changing his job? Not so much.

ajsr1982
Time To Burst The ITK Bubble

G

reat article. Hits the nail on the head. Encapsulates why I don't read tabloid newspapers anymore. The only thing worse is the 'told you so first' headline when they get lucky.

ianonabeach
Time To Burst The ITK Bubble

Footer 365

Transfer News: Bruce confirms Hull are eying Vincent Aboubakar

Hull City manager Steve Bruce has revealed the club are considering a move for Lorient forward Vincent Aboubakar.

Premier League: Edin Dzeko signs new four-year Manchester City deal

Edin Dzeko has signed a new four-year contract with Manchester City.

Champions League: Callum McGregor on target in Celtic draw

Celtic claimed a 1-1 draw with Maribor in Slovenia in the first leg of their Champions League play-off clash.

Mail Box

So Long And Good Luck To Nani

A Mailbox that offers best wishes to a departing hero, defends Olivier Giroud, tells us to steady on over Calum Chambers and makes some amusing predictions...

Mailbox: Feeling Sorry For Poor TC23

If there's one loser in all the machinations at Man United, it's poor TC23. We have mercifully few mails on United, but lots on Arsenal and in particular Olivier Giroud...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property