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Wednesday, 5 June, 2002, 07:54 GMT 08:54 UK
Totti tips Italy for success
Italy playmaker Francesco Totti celebrates with Christian Vieri after their win over Ecuador
Totti and Vieri punished Ecuador in their opening game
Francesco Totti has warned Italy's World Cup opponents that his team's best is yet to come.

Totti was in inspired form during Italy's comfortable 2-0 win over Ecuador in their opening game on Monday.

And the stylish playmaker - who is nearing full fitness after a two-month injury lay-off - is backing his side to go on to win the World Cup.

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After Euro 2000 I want to prove myself to the world with a win
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Francesco Totti
"I haven't seen many matches but Italy shouldn't fear anyone because we can go all the way," said Totti.

"I am not at full power yet, but I am well, physically and mentally well, that is the important thing for a player."

Totti admitted that the defeat to France in the Euro 2000 final was an extra motivating factor for him to succeed at this World Cup.

"After Euro 2000 I want to prove myself to the world with a win," he added.

"I think I have done well in Europe, in the Champions League and in those European Championships, and I have gained a bit more consideration outside Italy."

Italy coach Giovanni Trapattoni may decide to play Totti in a withdrawn role against Croatia on Saturday.

"Maybe the coach will want to change something but I am happy whatever role I play - I hope to be in full form," said Totti.

"I definitely like to play behind the two forwards but the important thing is to play.

"Trapattoni has a lot of forwards and can choose whatever formation he wants."


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