Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has unveiled a shortlist of thirty-one players vying to compete in next month’s World Cup in Brazil. The list of 23 players who will play the World Cup will be announced on June 2. The coach of the Squadra Azzura saw wide as he convened four guards.
No surprises in this list, in which we find especially Marco Verratti, who will work hard to earn his place in the 23 especially in the midfield. His PSG teammates Salvatore Sirigu and Thiago Motta are also therein as well as Giuseppe Rossi , the Fiorentina striker injured in his knee in January.
Antonio Cassano made his return to the national team after a two-year absence. The Italo – Ghanaian Mario Balotelli will also be in Brazil.
Goalkeepers: Buffon (Juventus), Perin (Genoa), Sirigu (Psg ) Mirante (Parma)
Defenders: Abate ( Milan) , Barzagli (Juventus) , Bonucci (Juventus) , Chiellini (Juventus) , Darmian (Torino ), De Sciglio (Milan) , Maggio (Napoli) , Paletta (Parma) , Pasqual (Fiorentina) , Ranocchia ( inter).
Midfielders : Aquilani (Fiorentina) , Candreva (Lazio), De Rossi (Roma) , Marchisio ( Juventus) , Montolivo (Milan) , Parolo (Parma) , Pirlo ( Juventus) , Romulo (Verona) , Thiago Motta ( Psg ) , Verratti ( Psg ).
Forwards : Balotelli (Milan) , Cassano (Parma ) Cerci (Torino) , Destro (Roma) , Immobile (Torino), Insignia (Napoli) , Rossi ( Fiorentina).
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