Soccer: Totti will consider World Cup if good form continues

But Roma forward fears being scapegoat if things go badly

Soccer: Totti will consider World Cup if good form continues

(see related story) Rome, March 28 - Francesco Totti said he will talk to Italy boss Cesare Prandelli about playing at the 2014 World Cup if he is still in excellent form next year. "I'm going through an excellent spell, and if I'm still in good shape up until the World Cup, I'll talk to Prandelli and we'll take a decision together," the 36-year-old told Sky television. Prandelli said last week that he will be forced to call up Totti if he keeps playing so well, even though he will be close to 38 by the time of the next World Cup. The Roma captain took a break from international football after he helped Italy win the 2006 World Cup. He went on to retire completely from the national team without returning. He said at the time that his body was not up to the demands of regularly playing for both club and country, but he has occasionally hinted he would be willing to come out of retirement for a big tournament. In an interview published in Thursday's La Gazzetta dello Sport, Totti said he did have some reservations about being part of Italy's World Cup squad if the Azzurri qualify. "I know that the World Cup is the utmost (in soccer), especially in Brazil, where soccer is everything," he said. "But if things were to go badly, I know who they'd take it out on. They'd say: they've taken an old man who ruined the squad".

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