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Friday April 11 2014
World Cup Squad Selector: Immobile

Could Ciro Immobile have done any more to convince Cesare Prandelli of a place at the World Cup? George Rinaldi doesn’t think so.

Ciro Immobile is arguably having the best season of his career to date. Following a poor 2012-13 at Genoa, where he only managed to score five goals in 21 starts, the summer move to Torino has returned him to the type of performances he showed at Pescara two years prior and has him currently in prime position to make it on to the plane to Brazil.

Immobile’s success has in part been due to a great partnership at the Olimpico with attacking playmaker Alessio Cerci, another also in contention to make Cesare Prandelli’s World Cup cut. The two together have created and scored 35 of the 47 goals scored by Torino - excluding assisting one another - to account for more than three-quarters of their team’s goals.

The 24-year-old player co-owned with Juventus, has alone scored 18 goals in Serie A this season, with six rounds still remaining to be played. With a majority of those efforts coming from open play, Immobile has also shown variety in front of goal. His recent hat-trick against Livorno, for example, consisted of a header, a volley and a long-range strike. Another facet to his game this term has been his accuracy, with a 20 per cent chance conversion rate proving statistically to be one of the best in Serie A.

Immobile’s form has already caught Prandelli’s attention - more than once this term the CT has been in the stands to see the forward play and more importantly score, and he has since been handed a first call-up and debut from the bench against Spain in early March.

However, that was his first taste at senior level, which may count against the Naples native in consideration to the other names he is up against for a place in Prandelli’s team. Pertinently, the likes of Mario Balotelli and Alberto Gilardino have also proven over more than just the one Serie A season their prolificacy in front of goal - Immobile has not.

On the whole, though, Immobile has done all he can to be considered by Prandelli for his World Cup squad. Sitting pretty as the joint top goalscorer in Serie A for a mid-table team is an impressive feat, much like the performances of Luca Toni at Hellas Verona. Will Prandelli go for name alone or take a gamble on bringing Ciro to his first major tournament?

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Have your say...
immobile must start against england.he would be the CF
on the 22nd April, 2014 at 6:01am
immobile,cerci,balotelli,destro,rossi,gabbiadini and el shaarawy if he's fit,italian team need younger players who can change games.Those are my first choice forward.
on the 21st April, 2014 at 3:33pm
Balotelli for number 10!
on the 20th April, 2014 at 3:46pm
Immobile: good striker n level headed. Italy should select him. While it seems that Italy are rejuvenated in attack, the big question - who they select in midfield and as No. 10?? Linkup play always crucial & Pirlo's passes alone won't be enough. I'd bring Bonaventura before Insigne with the former wearing No. 10 and a free role behind strikers. His substitute: Cassano. Coach wants attacking football but hasn't selected such recently. What's the plan Caesare, do u know?
on the 15th April, 2014 at 12:49pm
Immobile deserves to play in Brazil and will be called by Prandelli in his final 23. As for the other forwards that will be called there will be Destro,Balotelli,Cerci and Rossi. Insigne might be the sixth card to play on the left flank with Cerci on the right. I have doubts over Totti, Cassano and Toni. Gilardino will not go. I hope Cassano becomes the surprise inclusion because he is without a doubt in great form at Parma this season and an offensive master in playmaking.
on the 13th April, 2014 at 6:20pm
What is the bizarre obsession with Gilardino. He has never been a top forward, a star or a game changer (Totti, Baggio, Del Piero). I can name at least 100 current strikers in world football better than Gilardino. Teams do not fear him, he was poor against Spain, he is slow, not agile, and his scoring record is not actually good, 13 goals including 5 penalties in 31 games this season. His open play goal average is around 300 minutes compared to immobile 121 minutes and Destro 85 minutes.
on the 12th April, 2014 at 1:09am
The team should be picked from those players in top form- no point hoping a player off form will suddenly pick up his game- its not going to happen- its bad enough we are going to be playing in a rainforest lets not add to our probs by bringing strikers who dont score! If buffon conceded 200 goals this season we wouldnt expect to see him in the team so why should it be any diffrent for strikers- immob, destro and cassano must go! Oswaldo/gila/balo leave at home
on the 11th April, 2014 at 5:54pm
The only one to have scored against Spain in the under 21 tourney , if Rossi is not fit he can play with Balo and prove a dynamic duo. With Cassano or Totti setting him up he can prove devastating. The future Inzaghi a true goal poacher and still mobile
on the 11th April, 2014 at 5:34pm
prandelli would be a idiot to prefer gilardino or ovaldo or even too old luca toni to immobile.
on the 11th April, 2014 at 5:34pm
@marco
The problem is, as long as prandelli is on the bench quality in form players like destro, immobile and insigne will always be left out to rubbish like gilardino oswaldo and dare I say it balotelli!
on the 11th April, 2014 at 4:30pm
100% yes
on the 11th April, 2014 at 4:26pm
On his form, he's a must for Italy and his partnership with Cerci could prove crucial.

He will also benefit from playing big tournament football.
on the 11th April, 2014 at 2:06pm
Ciro has to go to Brazil.

He has had an amazing season and is probably the most clinical. He has also worked well with Cerci and Insigne which could be to the advantage of Prandelli. There is no way Gilardino, Toni or Osvaldo should get in ahead of him.

I'd actually take a lot of forwards: Cerci, Cassano, Totti, Rossi, Balotelli, Immobile, Insigne and perhaps Destro too.
on the 11th April, 2014 at 10:56am
Yes he should go, then in a dream world come to Lazio on loan!
on the 11th April, 2014 at 10:08am
Imoble should stay at Torino to improve and become even more of a regular for azzuri, and if he dosent want to stay at Torino he could always go to the other azzuri if you know what I mean.
on the 11th April, 2014 at 10:04am
Why is he even being discussed of course he should go what your gonna bring Gilardino instead LOL.
on the 11th April, 2014 at 9:53am

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