Assessing Italy's final squad and tactics

Giuseppe Rossi and his exclusion continues to dominate the headlines yet Cesare Prandelli appeared perplexed, confused by the controversy and the player's reaction. "Prior to the match against Ireland I said that from a physical point of view he was fine, but I wanted to see something more from him. With complete calm, the coach continued, "I wanted to see a striker that was playing as a striker. But I did not see what I wanted to see."

Debates have slowly eased with the staunchest of critics drifting towards acceptance. It's time to forge ahead and now that the final list has been announced, we have a clearer idea on the type of shape Prandelli will deploy on the pitch.

The plan was to choose two players for each role even if their skills may differ. For example, Andrea Pirlo and Marco Verratti will provide the geometric passes while Marco Parolo and Claudio Marchisio are both there for their ability to make timely insertions forward. 

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