Despite a seven year absence from the International scene, Gianluigi Buffon has backed Francesco Totti to make a dramatic return to the Azzurri set-up in time for next summer's World Cup.
Having turned 37 at the end of last month, Totti's class shows no signs of disappearing and the Roma captain has bagged three goals in seven games as his side have made a 100% start to their Serie A campaign.
Totti's last appearance for the Italian national team was certainly one to remember, playing an hour in the 2006 World Cup final which the Italians famously won via penalty shoot-out, although he didn't officially retire from international football until 2007.
But now, with Italy lacking a traditional number 10 in the Totti mould, Buffon has backed the Roma legend to make a return to the national scene, providing he can keep up his current form.
ITV report the Italian captain as saying: "Francesco is immortal. He is a player who can make a difference at any stage and at any age.
"It's normal that you speak of him in those terms (as a national team candidate) but it is also true that we are in October and that there are still eight, nine months until the World Cup. I believe that, if he is still playing this way at the end of the season, no coach, player or fan would have any doubts (about selecting him)."
Should Totti add to his 58 caps in Brazil next summer it'll be his fifth major tournament, having travelled to the World Cup in 2002 and 2006, as well as the European Championships of 2000 and 2004.