World Cup 2014: 3 Reasons Cesare Prandelli Was Justified in Axing Giuseppe Rossi

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World Cup 2014: 3 Reasons Cesare Prandelli Was Justified in Axing Giuseppe Rossi
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Last week, Italy coach Cesare Prandelli announced his 23-man World Cup squadwith Fiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi controversially excluded.

The 27-year-old missed four months after suffering a cruciate ligament injury in Januaryhis second injury to the same area and fourth overall in the last six years.

Yet he made the 30-man provisional squad and played 71 minutes against the Republic of Ireland before being cut.

He may not have impressed against Ireland, but should his pre-injury formhe netted 14 goals in just 17 Serie A matcheshave merited inclusion for the tournament?

It was always unlikely Prandelli would take six forwards, so conjecture over whether Rossi should have been included when Riccardo Montolivo dropped out due to injury is simply that: conjecture.

Nevertheless, when midfielders unlikely to featuresuch as Alberto Aquilani and Marco Parolohave been taken, the question must be asked: Can Prandelli be justified in not finding a space for Rossi?

Here, we take a look at three possible reasons for Prandelli's decision not to take Rossi to the World Cup.

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