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Cesare Prandelli should not call upon Alberto Gilardino after this summer's Confederations Cup.
The veteran striker has not been in the best of form for Bologna, but his experience is something that Prandelli clearly values.
The 30-year-old has 18 goals in 51 games for the Azzurri, but his lack of pace is a problem when it comes to his all-round contribution to the team.
When he is not deadly in front of goal—as was the case against Haiti—Gilardino cannot offer the same versatility that Balotelli does. His presence can make Italy rather predictable.
If he cannot drop deep or move out wide, the likes of El Shaarawy will be forced to play a more disciplined role for the team, which restricts his ability.
Pablo Osvaldo is obviously a superior option, but his discipline is to be questioned, while Mattia Destro had struggled with fitness for much of last season at Roma. Once the 22-year-old forward is fit, he will also be a superior option.
If Prandelli is looking for a more experienced, reliable option, then Giampaolo Pazzini would be preferable. At least Pazzo can offer a little more dynamism with his game and a greater understanding with much of the squad due to his experience at club level.