The formula for Italy was never really known. Coach Cesare Prandelli rolled out different formations in advance of the World Cup, and he brought over a group of players both experienced and fresh to the international scene.
That Serie A's leading scorer, Ciro Immobile, only made his second start for the Azzurri in Brazil was evidence enough of a team in transition. (He played just 88 minutes in the tournament.)
There are certainly players who should not return to the Italian national team because of their performance; some because of their age. Andrea Pirlo long stated that he would retire after the World Cup, but he recently offered himself to the next coach.
"If the new national coach thinks he needs me," said Pirlo (h/t The Guardian), "I will happily remain available." So decisions can change.
Here are five players that Italy should resist calling up, either to prepare for the future or save themselves heartaches and headaches.