Giaccherini ready to fight for a spot

Sunderland midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini hopes to have boosted his chances of playing in next summer's World Cup after his performance against Nigeria in Monday's international friendly.

I am delighted with my performance and that of the team. It's a pity that just when we were playing at our best, Nigeria scored twice.

I think in any case we reacted well and we were able to draw.

We really wanted to do well in our last friendly and I think we handed a good performance.

I believe that when the important games begin Italy will be ready.

I just hope to continue to do well and conquer a place for the tournament in Brazil.

– Sunderland winger Emanuele Giaccherini