Palermo striker Fabrizio Miccoli is puzzled as to why he continues to be overlooked by Italy coach Marcello Lippi.

The 30-year-old has been instrumental in Palermo's impressive campaign so far. Miccoli has scored ten goals this season to help the Sicilian outfit climb to fourth in Serie A.

"Why am I not being called up to the national team?" said Miccoli. "We need to ask Lippi. I have to be honest, it hurts because I would like to at least be considered. But I will continue to play as I am doing."

The former Juventus star has not featured for I Azzurri since a friendly against Finland in November 2004. Miccoli struck the winner in yesterday's 1-0 triumph over Livorno.

The victory allowed Palermo to climb two points clear of fifth-placed Juve with 11 games remaining.