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Chiellini says Lippi is all fired up and ready for glory...

Giorgio Chiellini has said Italy coach Marcello Lippi cannot wait for the World Cup to kick off.

Lippi visited Juventus at Vinovo to check up on his Azzurri stars, and the feelings are good.

Plans appear to be on target as the coach gets ready to announce a temporary 29-man Italy squad on Sunday.

That list will be whittled down to 23 for the tournament, and Chiellini knows he will be a certainty.

"Lippi came to say hello. The coach is motivated and he has told us that he cannot wait to start," Chiellini told La Repubblica.

"Us players will also be ready. It's difficult trying not to think about it because the World Cup is in the back of our minds."

Questions in relation to Amauri's possible call to la Nazionale remain unanswered though, despite the Italian becoming eligible to play.

"Amauri? I don't know anything. Ask Lippi," he concluded.

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