Let me tell you just one thing before you start reading: this is not going to happen. I mean, this squad, these players, most of them won't go to the World Cup.
I know that, they know that, and certainly Marcello Lippi knows that even better. Everybody here knows Italy's captain will be the 37-year-old Fabio Cannavaro, even if he had a pedestrian season.
Everybody knows that despite Juventus had possibly the worst year in their whole history, most of their Italian players will likely be part of the squad for South Africa, from benchwarmer Legrottaglie to the inconsistent Grosso, from out of form Camoranesi to the injury-plagued Iaquinta. We can count ourselves lucky if Lippi spares us Amaurì.
We already know there's no place for a genius like Cassano, and Milan captain Ambrosini is out of discussion as well. Which is quite strange considering he's undisputed first choice for the Rossoneri, while his own backup Gattuso is already sure to be part of the Azzurri squad for South Africa.
So, I'm under no illusion: this is not going to happen. I just thought it would be fun to select a squad basing "only" on players' skills and perfomances. How crazy, uh?
Here's "my" team, in a 4-3-2-1 formation.