Giuseppe Rossi has dismissed speculation that his cut from Cesare Prandelli’s Italy squad for the World Cup was down to physical fitness or fear of injury.
Despite only having recently returned to first team action for Fiorentina at the end of the season after four months out with a knee injury, the 27-year-old was included in the CT’s 30-provisional squad.
However, after two weeks of preparation training at Coverciano and playing over an hour of the Azzurri’s warm-up test against Republic of Ireland, Rossi did not make the final cut made yesterday.
For the forward, however, suggestions that it was down to his physical shape or because of anxiety in being tackled by opponents are wide of the mark.
“Everyone says out of shape: ask anyone the results from the tests during the week and the game,” Rossi has written on Monday morning on his Twitter account.
“You will be suprised. Challenges? Fear? What a laugh…
“I get there with thought before the defender. Next time, as an amateur, I will wait for the defender to get kicked.
“Small details to which I hold. Now the most important thing, however, is to cheer Italy. Forza Italia! #quintastella”
The Gazzetta dello Sport report that Rossi said yesterday after the news that he was ‘saddened and sorry’.
His agent has described him as ‘definitely unhappy’, whilst his girlfriend has taken to Twitter also and retweeted several messages protesting Prandelli’s decision.