Marcello Lippi released his provisional 30-man squad in early May and has since let go of Juventus duo Fabio Grosso and Antonio Candreva. The Azzurri tactician has now released five more players, to fine tune his final 23-man World Cup squad.
The unlucky players who will miss out on the high-profile tournament are Salvatore Sirigu, Mattia Cassani, Andrea Cossu, Marco Borriello and Giuseppe Rossi.
Mauro Camoranesi suffered a late injury this afternoon, but was still included in the squad. The Italo-Argentine said, "I felt a tweak in my knee. I hope it is nothing serious." The midfielder is expected to recover in time for the Azzurri's opening group stage clash with Paraguay on June 14.
The Azzurri won the tournament in 2006, but after a dreadful showing in last year's Confederations Cup, many have doubts as to whether they will be able to defend their crown.
Here is the full squad:
|Morgan De Sanctis||Napoli|
|Gennaro Gattuso||AC Milan|
|Andrea Pirlo||AC Milan|
|Daniele De Rossi||Roma|
|Antonio Di Natale||Udinese|