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Saturday April 5 2014
Rossi yes, Jorginho no?

It’s reported Giuseppe Rossi will be at Italy’s pre-World Cup fitness tests, but FIFA could block Jorginho’s call-up.

Cesare Prandelli will have a group of potential Azzurri stars at Coverciano for a series of physical tests on April 14 and 15.

These are bound to be decisive for his final list of players to bring with him to Brazil for the World Cup.

La Nazione claims Rossi will be there despite the fact the Fiorentina striker hasn’t played since damaging knee ligaments at the start of January.

However, Napoli midfielder Jorginho might not be able to join the group due to a FIFA ruling.

According to the Corriere dello Sport, the 22-year-old never actually played an official game for the Italy Under-21 side because of this rule.

He has both Italian and Brazilian passports, but he has to live in this country for five years from the age of 18 in order to be eligible.

Jorginho arrived in Italy at the age of 15, so he’d have to wait until his 23rd birthday on December 20 2014.

There is the possibility Italy can appeal the rule, as Jorginho has been in the Peninsula from such a young age.

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