Tuesday June 3 2014
Prandelli: Choices had to be made

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.”

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