PRANDELLI KEEPS SQUAD OPEN
Italian national football team coach Cesare Prandelli has said that the door always remains open for the duo of Francesco Totti and Antonio Di Natale.
The future of Francesco Totti and Antonio Di Natale in the international scene has been subject to a lot of speculation in recent weeks leading up to the Euro 2012, which will be taking place in Poland and Ukraine.
Francesco Totti has been marginalised a lot even by his favourite Roma team, which has led to questions about his credibility for being selected in the national team. However, Francesco Totti does have a wealth of experience to his credit, which may come useful to a relatively young Italian team after many decades.
Antonio Cassano and Rossi are the two other players who also in consideration according to manager Cesare Prandelli.
Rossi has been in great form during this season, while Antonio Cassano has always been one of the greatest strikers for Italy when he plays. In terms of the striking options, Cesare Prandelli does seem to have a lot of options in this regard. Hence, there has been suggestions that he would favour picking Antonio Cassano and Rossi in favour of both Francesco Totti and Antonio Di Natale.
"Giuseppe Rossi is recovering and I hope to have both him and Antonio Cassano for the European Championships. The door is open to all," the 54-year-old Italian said in a recent interview.
Italy have a tough draw at this year's European Championships when they will be facing the likes of Spain, Republic of Ireland, and Croatia in the group stages itself, making football bets difficult to choose. Italy should (on paper) progress, but much depends on whether they manage to beat the challenge of the Irish.
Rossi is currently out of first team action due to an injury, while Cassano is expected to arrive soon from the heart operation performed on him in November. Both have played little football this season.