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Marco opts for US adventure

Italian defender Marco Materazzi, who scored in the 2006 World Cup final before being headbutted by Zinedine Zidane, will not even watch this year's tournament in South Africa as he has decided to go on a touring holiday around America during June.

The 36-year-old, who rarely features in Inter Milan's defence, has no chance of making Marcello Lippi's squad for South Africa and is not interested in seeing his compatriots try to defend their title.

"I know where I'll be on June 11, the first game of the World Cup -- in my motor home travelling around America.

"I won't watch the tournament, the timings won't work out," said the heavily tattooed centre-back.