Ciro Immobile’s father has accused Italy of going about their World Cup preparations in the wrong way.
The Azzurri suffered early elimination after defeats by Costa Rica and Uruguay, prompting the resignation of Coach Cesare Prandelli.
Speaking to Il Mattino, Antonio Immobile also stressed his belief that his son was not in good physical condition during the tournament in Brazil.
“He wasn’t himself in Brazil, the player I know,” he said. “Against Uruguay I saw him run little, and badly. He wasn’t in the best physical shape.
“Do you really want me to say it? In my opinion the athletic preparation was not right. In Brazil the heat has made all the teams suffer, but up until now I have seen the other teams run and score goals galore while Italy walked and puffed and panted.
“There were too many internal squabbles within the dressing room and the results were seen.”
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