ROME: Italian veteran Francesco Totti has declared himself ready to play for his country in the World Cup if coach Marcello Lippi asks him to do so.

"If Lippi comes calling and if I am in good form and the squad needs me, I will go and I think that will please the younger ones," the Roma striker told the Repubblica newspaper.

Totti played under Lippi in Italy's 2006 World Cup triumph and he said that he had great respect for the coach.

The 33-year-old, who has played with Roma since 1993, resisting all big money attempts to lure him away, said that he felt he could play for a further five years during which he wanted to win another Italian league title with the club.