Overlooked for the Euro 2012 qualifiers, this veteran won a recall to the Italian set-up as coach Cesare Prandelli opted to bring a host of attacking talent with him into this competition.
Doubts over the fitness of Antonio Cassano, the question marks that always tend to hang over Mario Balotelli and the gamble on taking the unproven Fabio Borini meant Prandelli decided to have some insurance by selecting a player who has a decent track record with the national team.
“Di Natale has been picked on merit and anyone who questions the decision needs to look at the form he has shown,” says the Italy boss of this former Empoli striker who has been scoring goals for Udinese since 2004.
A member of the Italian side that failed so horribly in the 2010 World Cup finals, Di Natale will answer his critics by reminding them that he has scored a stunning 80 Serie A goals in the last three seasons. It is a record to be proud of.