WORLD CUP 2014 SQUAD SELECTOR

World Cup 2014 Squad Selector - Italy

All eyes were on Cesare Prandelli from the close of the 2013-14 season ahead of the World Cup, as he formulated his Italy squad to take out to Brazil.

On from listing 42 players for mid-April physical tests, the Commissario Tecnico whittled his selection down to 30 players and eventually listed a final 23 for the competition.

Antonio Cassano, Lorenzo Insigne and Ciro Immobile ultimately all made the cut, whilst Giuseppe Rossi and Mattia Destro were among those left disappointed.

Football Italia’s World Cup Squad Selector ran through many of the players who had hoped for a seat on the plane to Brazil, discussing the merits of both those who went on to make the squad and those who missed out altogether.

We have also profiled the 23 lucky players to have impressed the CT enough for inclusion, and looked at the immediate debates in the aftermath of the announced squad, including whether or not Giuseppe Rossi’s fitness was the worth taking a risk on.

With the talent that was available to Cesare Prandelli, did he name the best possible 23 for the World Cup?

CERCI MARCHISIO GABBIADINI DIAMANTI
EL SHAARAWY FLORENZI ASTORI CANDREVA
AQUILANI PAROLO ABATE GIACCHERINI
ROSSI GILARDINO OSVALDO VERRATTI
DESTRO TONI BERARDI DE SCIGLIO
SCUFFET PALETTA INSIGNE T. MOTTA
IMMOBILE TOTTI CASSANO RANOCCHIA