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Tuesday May 13 2014
Pasqual World Cup call 'right'

Manual Pasqual’s agent said an Italy World Cup call was “the right recognition” for the Fiorentina captain.

He was named in the 30-man preliminary squad for the tournament in Brazil, though it will be cut down to 23.

“This news brings joy and happiness, not just to me, but also to Fiorentina who have three players in the Italy list,” representative Gastone Rizzato told Tuttomercatoweb.

The other Viola teammates in the squad are Alberto Aquilani and Giuseppe Rossi, while Romulo is also owned by Fiorentina and spent this season on loan at Verona.

“I think this is the right recognition. In calling Pasqual, Cesare Prandelli did the right thing, as he is a good guy and can play in several different roles.

“He is also a glue between the Coach and squad, as he knows what to say at the right time. In a high-pressure tournament like the World Cup, Pasqual fits in perfectly.”

Fiorentina finished fourth in Serie A and lost the Coppa Italia Final to Napoli.

“In a one-off game anything can happen, but the important thing is that Fiorentina confirmed themselves as the fourth best team in Italy, leaving behind clubs like Milan and Inter.

“Pasqual is fortunate enough to be in a model club.”

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)

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