[WORLD CUP 2014] Giuseppe Rossi will not be going to the World Cup. In his latest comeback bid from knee problems, the New Jersey product started in Saturday's friendly against Ireland but had little impact in a 0-0 tie. Coach Cesare Prandelli, who had praised Rossi for his character, picked Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne over Rossi.
27, was one of the final cuts before the 2010 World Cup and missed Euro 2012 with a knee injury.
Other cuts from Prandelli's preliminary squad: Roma forward Mattia Destro; Brazilian-born midfielder Romulo and defenders Manuel Pasqual and Christian Maggio. Key midfielder Riccardo Montolivo was lost after breaking his left leg against Ireland.
Center back Andrea Ranocchia will to go to Brazil and replace Andrea Barzagli if the Juventus defender is not 100 percent.
Rossi first tore his ACL with Spanish club Villarreal in October 2011 and needed three operations. He was having an excellent season with Fiorentina when he again suffered a knee injury in January.
Italy Roster (23 Players):
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Mattia Perin (Genoa), Salvatore Sirigu
Defenders: Ignazio Abate (AC Milan), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Matteo Darmian
(Torino), Mattia De Sciglio (AC Milan), Gabriel Paletta (Parma).
Midfielders: Alberto Aquilani (Fiorentina), Antonio Candreva (Lazio), Daniele De Rossi
(Roma), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Thiago Motta (Paris SG/FRA), Marco Parolo (Parma), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), Marco Verratti (Paris SG/FRA).
Mario Balotelli (AC Milan), Antonio Cassano (Parma), Alessio Cerci (Torino), Ciro Immobile (Torino), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli).