The 38-year-old hasn’t featured for his country since 2008.
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli is refusing to dismiss including Alessandro Del Piero in his squad for the World Cup.
Despite the small matter of the Azzurri still having to confirm their qualification for the tournament in Brazil next year, the 56-year-old suggested that Del Piero, who turns 39 in November, is in his plans and may be given the chance to play in his fourth World Cup.
The Sydney FC star was an influential figure in Marcello Lippi’s side that clinched the famous trophy in 2006 in Germany after defeating France on penalties, but was absent for his country’s disastrous campaign under Lippi in South Africa four years later.
Prandelli took up the reins afterwards, steering Italy to the final of Euro 2012 where they were beaten by Spain, and hinted that Del Piero’s experience, along with that of veterans Francesco Totti and Antonio Di Natale, could be a useful tool next summer.
“In March and April we will have a look at the condition of certain players like Francesco Totti, Antonio Di Natale and even Alex Del Piero,” Football Australia report him as telling Sky Sport Italia.
“At that stage I don’t need to plan, but build the strongest team possible.
“We are following all players who can make a difference, Alex still has a great desire and we have to keep an eye on everyone.”
The Italian’s are more than assured of qualification after building up a four-poiint lead at the top of Group B with three of their four remaining fixtures taking place on home soil.