Genoa’s official Twitter account announced Alberto Gilardino and Mattia Perin are in Italy’s provisional World Cup squad.
The list of players called up by Cesare Prandelli won’t be officially confirmed until later this evening at around 19.00 UK time.
However, Genoa jumped the gun with a tweet on the club’s official account.
“Gilardino and Perin are in Prandelli’s list of 30: congratulations from all of Genoa CFC!”
The provisional squad of 30 players will be whittled down to 23 for the World Cup itself in Brazil next month.
Both Gilardino and Perin were big doubts to feature even in the list of 30, so this tweet is a surprising development.