As Marcello Lippi announced his provisional 29-man squad for this summer’s showpiece event in South Africa, there were a few shocks in store with regards to some notable absentees.
Despite their electric form in recent weeks, there was no place for Palermo’s Fabrizio Miccoli or Sampdoria’s Antonio Cassano, according to SkySport. Inter’s troubled star Mario Balotelli has unsurprisingly missed the grade once again following his turbulent situation over the past fortnight.
From Monday to Wednesday, these players will train together in "Borgesiana", a Sports Centre in Rome, under Marcello Lippi.
In view of the Coppa Italia final between Roma and Inter on Wednesday night, the Azzurri tactician has opted not to call up any personnel from either side due to club commitments.
Goalkeepers: Buffon, Marchetti, De Sanctis, Sirigu
Defenders: Bocchetti, Bonucci, F. Cannavaro, Cassani, Chiellini, Criscito, Grosso, Legrottaglie, Maggio, Zambrotta
Midfielders: Camoranesi, Candreva, Cossu, Gattuso, Marchisio, Montolivo, Pepe, Palombo, Pirlo
Forwards: Borriello, Di Natale, Gilardino, Pazzini, Iaquinta, Quagliarella
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