Following the footsteps of other World Cup 2014 contestants, one of the tournament’s favorites, Italy have also released the 30 minutes for their temporary squad, which will eventually be shortened into 23-names.
Among several names being called up, there isn’t much surprise though there’s obviously some disappointment looming on several names, such as AC Milan star, Stephan El Shaarawy, who didn’t make it.
Although recently stating his wish to be part of Cesare Prandelli’s squad for Brazil, but El Shaarawy’s long term absence this season is basically the main reason for the attacker’s dismissal.
Acknowledging that there are several names who have been performing well throughout this season, it would be harsh to leave them out and suddenly called up El Shaarawy, who hasn’t been playing much due to his injuries.
In the case of Giuseppe Rossi, although he also picked up an injury recently, but the Fiorentina star did put on an excellent performance during the first part of current season and still have way more playing time compared to El Shaarawy.
Other names who have been excluded are veteran striker, Alberto Gilardino, Luca Toni, Francesco Totti and also defender, Domenico Criscito, who was surprisingly left out for new comer, Matteo Darmian.
Here is Italy’s 30 name temporary squad for World Cup 2014:
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Mattia Perin (Genoa), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint Germain), *Antonio Mirante (Parma);
Defenders: Ignazio Abate (Milan), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Torino), Mattia De Sciglio (Milan), Christian Maggio (Napoli), Gabriel Paletta (Parma), Manuel Pasqual (Fiorentina), Andrea Ranocchia (Inter);
Midfielders: Alberto Aquilani (Fiorentina), Antonio Candreva (Lazio), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Riccardo Montolivo (Milan), Thiago Motta (Paris Saint Germain), Marco Parolo (Parma), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), Romulo (Verona), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain);
Forwards: Mario Balotelli (Milan), Antonio Cassano (Parma), Alessio Cerci (Torino), Mattia Destro (Roma), Ciro Immobile (Torino), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Giuseppe Rossi (Fiorentina)