Italy and Juventus 'keeper Gianluigi Buffon believes Francesco Totti's impressive start to the season shows what he could bring to the Italy squad.
Totti hasn't represented his country since famously winning the World Cup in 2006.
With three goals and six assists already this season, 37-year-old Totti has fired Roma to the top of Serie A.
And if the Azzurri legend can maintain his domestic form Buffon is backing his former team-mate to star at World Cup 2014, despite being overlooked for Italy's remaining qualifiers against Denmark and Armenia.
Buffon said to ESPN: "As I've already said, Totti can be considered a sort of immortal player under certain points of view.
"His current physical and mental conditions along with his technique and natural skills make him a player able to make the difference in any occasion and at any age."
"Thanks to his performance, Totti is proving once again that he has always been - and he still is - a champion, therefore it's normal that everyone talks about him in such a positive way."
Born in Rome, Totti is synonymous with Roma and is the second highest scorer in Serie A history with 230 league goals.
As well as the mercurial Totti is performing, Buffon admits that it's early days, with the tournament over eight months away. However, if the Roma number 10 can maintain this form Buffon sees no reason why he shouldn't receive the call.
He said: "We also have to say that it's October and the World Cup is close, but it won't take place for eight or nine months. If he is still in the same condition then, no one would have any doubt."
Whilst Buffon may hope his compatriot's form continues, turning attention to Juventus, the pair will meet in the penultimate game of the season, and given each team's form it could well be a title-deciding clash.
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