Jorginho insists it’s « always a great honor and a pleasure » to play for Italy: « A wonderful country that welcomed me when I was still a child. »
The 31-year-old started against Spain in the Nations League semi-final on Thursday night but was substituted after just 60 minutes and remained on the bench in the third-place play-off against the Netherlands on Sunday .
The former Napoli and Chelsea midfielder has come under fire while playing for the Azzurri since missing two penalty kicks against Switzerland in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers when Roberto Mancini’s men missed Qatar 2022.
However, the Arsenal midfielder seems keen to continue with La Nazionale until Mancio counts on him.
« Always a great honor and pleasure to wear this jersey to represent this wonderful country that welcomed me when I was still a dreamy child. Forza Italia, » Jorginho wrote on Instagram on Monday, the day after the Italy game. against the Netherlands, won 3-2 by the Azzurri.
Jorginho made his Italian debut in March 2016 and has five goals in 48 appearances for the Azzurri. He was part of the team that won the 2020 European Championship.
Jorginho joined Arsenal from Chelsea last January and his contract at the Emirates Stadium expires in June 2014. The 31-year-old has been linked with a return to Serie A with Milan and Lazio apparently interested.