Marco Parolo striving to emulate England captain Steven Gerrard
Italy midfielder Marco Parolo has revealed he sees England captain Steven Gerrard as his role model while learning to become a top player.
The Parma playmaker is set to feature in tomorrow's international friendly against Germany in Milan.
"I have always been inspired by Gerrard," Parolo said. "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.
"There is a lot of competition in the national team," Parolo said. "I will do everything in my power to remain with the Azzurri."