Tuesday May 13 2014
Criscito 'didn't expect' drop

Mimmo Criscito reveals he “didn’t expect” to be dropped for the World Cup. “I found everything out from the television.”

The Zenit defender was not included in the provisional squad of 30 men, which will be cut down to 23 for Italy’s trip to Brazil.

“I really didn’t expect it and this is a huge blow, as until the end I was in the group,” Criscito told Tuttomercatoweb.

“I don’t think playing in Russia was a penalising factor, as Zenit reached the Champions League knockouts and if you reach certain targets, it’s not a coincidence.

“I haven’t heard from Cesare Prandelli. I found everything out from the television. I admit, it was a huge blow.

“It’s even worse than what happened two years ago, as at least then there was a reason for being excluded at the last minute.

“Now? The worst part is there was no sign I would be left out. The Coach has to make his choices, I know that I did my best and I don’t have to ask for an explanation from anyone.”

Criscito was due to be in Italy’s squad for Euro 2012 when allegations of match-fixing emerged just before the tournament.

He was exonerated of all involvement a few weeks later, but by that stage it was too late to take part.