Squad details correct up to
and including Italy's match against Luxembourg on 4 June 2014.
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 -
Giuseppe Rossi has capped
his comeback from a right knee problem with a recall to Italy's squad ahead of
the World Cup. The striker was included in Cesare Prandelli's 30-man preliminary
group. Rossi damaged ligaments in his right knee in January and missed four
months before recently playing again. Ciro Immobile has been included
after a superb campaign. He is the Italian Serie A's top scorer with 22 goals
and made his first appearance in an international friendly against Spain in
March. Mario Balotelli joins Rossi and Immobile in the squad. Balotelli,
who was Italy's leading scorer in qualifying with five goals, has faced
criticism after some of his performances this season. Mattia Destro and Antonio
Cassano are also included. The 31-year-old Cassano has yet to play in a World
Cup finals, but was part of Prandelli's squad for Euro 2012 when Italy reached
Saturday, 31 May 2014 - Captain Riccardo Montolivo has been sent to hospital for tests on a leg injury that threatens his participation in the World Cup. The AC Milan midfielder was carried off during Italy's friendly with Republic of Ireland at Craven Cottage following a challenge from Alex Pearce. "It seems serious," said Italian Football Federation president Giancarlo Abete. "Let's wait for the tests." Montolivo, 29, was treated on the pitch before departing on a stretcher after only eight minutes, and was taken to a London hospital for X-rays on his left tibia. Reports claimed Montolivo told fellow players "it's broken" before being carried off. Abete told Italian television at half-time: "You could already tell from his initial reaction that it's an injury that will keep him out for a while.'' He was replaced by former Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani, now playing at Fiorentina, who also came off at half-time complaining of dizziness.
Sunday, 1 June 2014 - Giuseppe Rossi was the major absentee when Cesare Prandelli named his squad. Rossi's exclusion was perhaps not a huge surprise as he missed four months of the season due to injury and did not have enough time to rediscover his form and fitness to convince Prandelli of his worth. Another missing from the list was Montolivo, whose World Cup ambitions ended when he suffered a broken leg yesterday.
Tuesday, 3 June 2014 -
Andrea Barzagli is a likely absentee but Mario Balotelli could return to
the fold as Italy host Luxembourg tomorrow before flying to Brazil.
Juventus defender Barzagli is feverish with the effects of tonsilitis,
according to Italy team doctor Enrico Castellacci, and is unlikely to make
Cesare Prandelli's squad for the encounter in Perugia.
Wednesday, 4 June 2014 -
Antonio Mirante has
joined up with the squad as cover for injured Salvatore Sirigu.
Sirigu is suffering from a bruised
rib, an injury that team doctor Enrico Castellacci said was "painful but
manageable". Mirante will stay with the group until at least June 13, the
deadline teams have to replace an injured player in their 23-man squad.
Sunday, 8 June 2014 - Italy recorded their first win in eight games in a madcap friendly with Brazilian club side Fluminense which will have taught first-up rivals England very little. Torino striker Ciro Immobile scored a hat-trick and linked up well with Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne, who scored the Azzurri's other two goals in a 5-3 win.
Friday, 12 June 2014 - Gianluigi Buffon misses the opening World Cup match against England after spraining his ankle in a training accident.