Italy's 30 man squad

There were certainly a few surprises when Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli announced his 30-man preliminary squad for the World Cup, but no decision proved too shocking. Most of the names were expected, while certain omissions are understandable. But as Emanuele Giaccherini explained prior to the announcement, "Prandelli's choices will be the right ones for the national team, that is for sure."

One hopes then that little "Giak" can understand why the Italian coach sees fit to not include him in his list. While the Italian has not made the impact on Sunderland that Prandelli had hoped for, he is a player who has experience of playing in Brazil and proved to be the country's best player in the Confederations Cup last summer. Technically, he's not the most gifted but he is an athlete, capable of adapting to the conditions and a tactically intelligent player who can slot in at various positions.

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