Marcello Lippi’s 30-man provisional squad for the Italian National Team has finally been announced and as always there are some extremely talented players that have been left off the roster who will now be able to make other plans for their holiday.
Some call this one of the weaker squads in La Nazionale’s history, but manager Marcello Lippi has ignored the critics and built a squad that best fits the manager’s liking. Despite the exclusion of multiple talents that seem like no-brainer selections the public has to give Lippi the opportunity he has earned. Lippi managed Italia to their Fourth World Cup Title in the most recent World Cup in Germany 2006 and Italia supporters must trust and have faith in the manager till he gives reason to do otherwise.
Lippi may be seen as a stubborn, hardheaded manager, but he is the mastermind at the controls and as long as he is confident with the roster, supporters must keep faith in the manager. It may burn to have such obvious talents absent from the biggest football tournament that only comes along once every four years, but Lippi has always stated he has the best intentions for the group over any individual and he deserves to be shown some respect because of his past accomplishments.
Here is the 30-man Italian National Team provisional squad for the 2010 World Cup. Seven more names are due to be cut off the roster, but for the main part the headline names to be excluded have most likely been announced unless some surprises lie ahead.
Goalkeepers—Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Morgan De Sanctis (Napoli), Federico Marchetti (Cagliari), Salvatore Sirigu (Palermo)
Defense—Fabio Cannavaro (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Gianluca Zambrotta (AC Milan), Leonardo Bonucci (Bari), Fabio Grosso (Juventus), Christian Maggio (Napoli), Domenico Criscito (Genoa), Salvatore Bocchetti (Genoa), Mattia Cassani (Palermo)
Midfield—Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Gennaro Gattuso (AC Milan), Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina), Mauro Camoranesi (Juventus), Angelo Palombo (Sampdoria), Antonio Candreva (Juventus), Andrea Cossu (Cagliari), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Simone Pepe (Udinese)
Forwards—Alberto Gilardino (Firoentina), Giampaolo Pazzini (Sampdoria), Giuseppe Rossi (Villareal), Antonio Di Natale (Udinese), Fabio Quagliarella (Napoli), Marco Borriello (AC Milan), Vincenzo Iaquinta (Juventus)
Now to the Top 10 exclusions....