Friday January 3 2014
Del Piero’s World Cup hopes

Alessandro Del Piero expects Giuseppe Rossi, Lorenzo Insigne and Claudio Marchisio to play a key role for Italy at the 2014 World Cup.

Rossi is now firing in the goals for Fiorentina after missing almost two seasons with injury, Insigne is a rising star at Napoli, while he knows Marchisio well from their time together at Juventus.

“I expect a lot from Rossi,” the Sydney FC forward told the Gazzetta dello Sport on Friday. “I support those who know how to overcome their problems and return to winning.

“I would like Insigne to affirm his status as a symbol of young Italians, while I am sure that Claudio will have a great World Cup.”

The Juve legend knows all about the tournament as he helped the Azzurri claim the title in the 2006 edition.

“We managed to win the World Cup when people were not even able to dream of doing it, so why should we not believe now?

“The magnificent four will be Brazil, Argentina, Germany and Italy. But there will be possible outsiders like Chile, France and Uruguay.”

Cesare Prandelli’s side are in a group containing England, Costa Rica and Uruguay.

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