Thursday March 20 2014
Prandelli drops Cassano hint

Cesare Prandelli has hinted that he may consider Antonio Cassano for the World Cup, but he warns against hopeful Oriundi.

Cassano’s form this term for Parma has led to speculation that he could be in line for a return to the Azzurri, after almost two years away.

“The doors have never been too closed or too open,” Prandelli has reiterated on the subject to Il Tirreno today.

“After the European Championships, we have tried to look ahead. Antonio was 30 and from that perspective it was thought that other players could develop.

“If these players have not grown as expected, and if one players better at 32 than at 30, why not?

“And Francesco Totti? Let him be for now, the last time we spoke he was injured.”

The suggestion has also been that the likes of Jonathan and Romulo would be in with an outside chance of making the Italy squad, qualifying through Italian passports in a similar way to Dani Osvaldo, Gabriel Paletta and Thiago Motta.

“We must be clear, we are pleased that there is interest in the Azzurro shirt, but you cannot spring up at the last moment. For Paletta it took eight months, on a day-to-day basis you cannot achieve everything.”

Prandelli was asked of the continued debate to bring in television replays to assist match officials in Italy.

“In the stands and at home we all know what has happened, but not the referee. Technology has helped other sports? Today in football it is not so, and we are pushing for a reason.

“I believe that sooner or later we will get there. Any suspension in play can also be a moment to show it on the big screen - do not be afraid of the future.”

The CT was asked once more on his code of ethics with the national team.

“It should not even exist. We should not need a judge to know what to do. It should be obvious that certain behaviours are unacceptable.”

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