Cesare Prandelli has claimed that taking Giuseppe Rossi to the World Cup would have been too big a risk.
The Fiorentina striker was left out of Italy’s final 23-man squad for the tournament, despite what some deemed an impressive performance in the friendly against Republic of Ireland.
A series of injuries have curtailed the Viola man’s season, and the Coach has admitted that taking the 27-year-old was too dangerous.
“I told him that it was a difficult decision because he’s an amazing guy,” the tactician told a Press conference.
“I repeated that several times – Beppe, you’re not in the 23. He’s always worked well with enthusiasm and desire.
“Prior to the match against Ireland I said that from a physical point of view he was fine, but I wanted to see something more from him.
“I wanted to see a striker that was playing as a striker. But I did not see what I wanted to see.
“The risk was too great. The easy thing to do was to call him up – you’d have all been happy.
“But I did not expect the reaction he gave [on Twitter]. The time required for a proper recovery just wasn’t enough.”
Prandelli then commented on Mattia Destro’s exclusion from the 23.
“Given the situation [with the attackers], I asked him if he’d be on the stand-by list, and he said he’d think about it.
“I just preferred Insigne. Choices had to be made.”