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Saturday April 19 2014
Prandelli on World Cup plans

Cesare Prandelli is in Parma to watch Antonio Cassano today, waits for Giuseppe Rossi and backed the Code of Ethics.

The Italy Coach spoke to Radio Deejay this morning ahead of the World Cup in Brazil and confirmed he’ll be at the Stadio Tardini for Parma-Inter today.

“I will be in Parma this afternoon to watch some of our lads,” said Prandelli, without naming names.

“Why do we have so many Oriundi in the side? People can think what they like, but the problem is the high number of foreign players in our League. These are players who can help us to grow and Thiago Motta sets the example in that sense, as his character helped the whole group to move forward.”

Prandelli was asked whether Marco Verratti could play alongside Andrea Pirlo or remain as his understudy.

“We have been following Verratti since before Euro 2012 and I think young players must adapt to other roles when there are stronger players ahead of them. Could Verratti play more on the wing? Not in a diamond midfield, no.”

Rossi has not played since January 5 due to a knee ligament injury, but his recovery will dictate Italy’s World Cup choices.

“How many players will be called up for each area of the team? That depends on Rossi. There isn’t much time, but we have so much love towards this player.

“Stephan El Shaarawy was called up for the fitness tests because he was with us for a year and a half. This was a sign to show how much we still hold him in consideration.

“Will there be tactical changes at the World Cup? I don’t know. Every national team has its own trademark. There will be some interesting variations with other systems clashing and that will allow us to face certain situations in other ways.

“Our experience in the Confederations Cup was a precious learning experience and because of that we know that we’ll need to be in great physical shape.

“Getting through the first round will be one objective, then we’ll have to plan the rest. It is always wonderful to dream.”

Prandelli has come under fire for dropping players under the Code of Ethics, but defended his decisions.

“I don’t think anyone is happy to see elbows flying around on the field. It is a code that we set ourselves, but the ‘ethics’ part was added by others.

“Unfortunately, many people don’t want to understand it. In Europe we are the last to carry on certain behaviour.”

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