FABIO BORINI hopes his goal return on the big stage will catch the eye of Italy coach Cesare Prandelli and see him return to the international fold.
Five of Borini’s six goals for Sunderland have come in high stakes encounters, with the 22-year-old netting against Chelsea, Manchester United, Newcastle (twice) before scoring the opener in Sunday’s Capital One Cup final.
After arriving on a season-long loan from Liverpool during the summer, Borini spoke about his determination to earn a recall to the Italy squad in time for the World Cup.
But there has so far been little sign that Borini, whose only appearance for his country came two years ago, is in Prandelli’s plans for the summer’s tournament in Brazil.
While Sunderland team-mate Emanuele Giaccherini is in the Italy squad for tomorrow night’s friendly in Spain, Borini remains in training at the Academy of Light.
But regular first-team football is bringing out the best in the striker and he hopes that doesn’t go unnoticed after being a surprise inclusion in the Euro 2012 squad.
Borini said: “It (the cup final goal) was a good goal and again against a big team and on a big occasion. I hope that’s a message to someone big.”
The former Chelsea youngster’s immediate priority though is to keep Sunderland in the Premier League.
That will remain on the back-burner this weekend as the Black Cats bid to secure a second trip of the season to Wembley when they travel to Hull City in the FA Cup quarter finals.
But Borini believes Sunderland are proving that they do have the quality in their ranks to get the points necessary for top flight survival.
“I’ve always been confident about staying up because we’ve showed we have the quality,” he added.
“We need to be a bit more consistent against the smaller teams.
“It was hard because of the result in the final but we need to be proud of the performance because we gave Man City a really good game and they had to score two unbelievable goals.
“But I suppose that’s why they’re Man City.
“We need to keep going on Sunday. We have a chance to prove ourselves and to get back to Wembley.”