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No World Cup for Totti and fellow veterans

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

MILAN - Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has ruled veterans Francesco Totti, Luca Toni and Antonio Di Natale out of his World Cup squad for Brazil as he backed Giuseppe Rossi and a clutch of emerging younger players.

Totti and Toni had notably harboured hopes of travelling to Brazil for what would have been a last World Cup hurrah — Toni's dreams boosted by his 17-goal tally so far in Serie A this season.

However, Roma captain Totti, Verona striker Toni and Udinese forward Di Natale were all ruled out by Prandelli after the coach assembled a group of 42 players from which he will select his final 23-man squad.

"I have a huge amount of respect for these players, and they deserve a much fuller explanation than they're going to get here," said Prandelli.

"But they will only be called up in case of emergencies."

Rossi, who was leading the league scoring charts before suffering a knee ligament injury in early January, from which he is still recovering, has always had the backing of the 56-year-old coach, who appeared to leave the door open to the Fiorentina striker.

However, Prandelli said Rossi's World Cup future could depend entirely on the outcome of scheduled fitness tests.








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