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The World Cup Countdown: Italy drops Rossi
by Paul Kennedy, June 1st, 2014 5:09PM

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[BRAZIL 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.

Rossi, 27, was one of the final cuts before the 2010 World Cup and missed Euro 2012 with a knee injury. He 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.

GHANA. Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has named his 23-player squad for the 2014 World Cup. The Black Stars, who open against the USA on June 16, will be one of the youngest teams at the World Cup with an average age of 24.8.

Six starters from Ghana's 2-1 overtime win over the USA in the 2010 World Cup return: Samuel Inkoom, Jonathan Mensah, Andre Ayew, Kwadwo Asamoah, Kevin Prince Boateng and Asamoah Gyan.

The final cuts were defender Jerry Akaminko, who broke his ankle in the closing moments of Saturday's friendly at the Netherlands, defender Jeffrey Schlupp, who also started against the Dutch, and striker David Accam.

The Black Stars head to Florida for training and a match against South Korea June 9 in Miami before going to Brazil.

SPAIN. Spain coach Vicente del Bosque included Brazilian-born forward Diego Costa in its 23-player for the World Cup despite a thigh injury that forced him to leave Atletico's La Liga finale against Barcelona and the UEFA Champions league final against Real Madrid early in both games.

Costa is just one of seven players who were not in Spain's squad when it won the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Del Bosque took Costa's Atletico Madrid teammate, David Villa, rumored to be headed to MLS's New York City FC and much-maligned Fernando Torres but passed on two other forwards, Fernando Llorente and Alvaro Negredo.

NETHERLANDS. There were no surprises in Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal's final six cuts after injured veteran Rafael van der Vaart was ruled out of the tournament. Patrick van Aanholt, Karim Rekik, Tonny Vilhena, Quincy Promes, Jean-Paul Boetius and goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet were also cut.

CHILE. Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal was included in Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli's 23-player World Cup roster despite having just undergone knee surgery.

COSTA RICA. Defender Kendall Watson and midfielder Carlos Hernandez were the final cuts to Costa Rica's World Cup squad after Real Salt Lake forward Alvaro Saborio was ruled out with a broken foot.

CROATIA. Injuries forced four players out of Croatia's final roster for the World Cup: Hamburg's Milan Badelj and Ivo Ilicevic, QPR's Niko Kranjcar and Ivan Strinic of Ukraine's Dnipro.

IRAN. California-born Steven Beitashour, who was called up to the U.S. national team twice, is going to the World Cup with Iran. He was named to Coach Carlos Queiroz's 23-player squad for the finals.

World Cup 2014 Squads:
Group A: Brazil (23) | Cameroon (28) | *Croatia (23) | *Mexico (23)
Group B: *Australia (27) | *Chile (23) | *Netherlands (23) | *Spain (23)
Group C:
Colombia (30) | *Greece (23) | Ivory Coast (28) | Japan (23)
Group D
: Costa Rica (26) | England (23) | *Italy (23) | Uruguay (25)
Group E:
Ecuador (24) | *France (23) | Honduras (23) | Switzerland (23)
Group F: *Argentina (26) | Bosnia-Herzegovina (24) | *Iran (23) | Nigeria (30)
Group G: Germany (30) | *Ghana (23) | *Portugal (23) | *USA (23)
Group H: Algeria (30) | Belgium (24) | Russia (23) | *South Korea (23)
*Updated roster.


8 comments
  1. Mark Hardt
    commented on: June 1, 2014 at 5:58 p.m.
    A lot of people moaned about Rossi was the one that got away but he has turned out to be injury prone and has had little impact on Italy. He may have been a shoe in though for the USA in 2010 had he been healthy. But I am sure Klinsi would have cut him in favor of any German he could find.

  1. R2 Dad
    commented on: June 1, 2014 at 6:06 p.m.
    karma?

  1. Mark Hardt
    commented on: June 2, 2014 at 8:53 a.m.
    Yes, he spurned his Native New Jersey and now he is paying the price from Buddah or Vishnu or somebody.

  1. Allan Lindh
    commented on: June 2, 2014 at 12:19 p.m.
    Maybe a useful reminder to those with dual citizenship that gambling to play for a "big nation" has a potential downside. You may not be "big" enough. Better to play for the good old USA where skill players are always needed.

  1. dave shinn
    commented on: June 2, 2014 at 12:43 p.m.
    Would have been a starter for the US. Much better finisher than anything we've got. Shame.

  1. Glenn Maddock
    commented on: June 2, 2014 at 2:56 p.m.
    He chose wrong. But with his injuries, he's not a better finisher if he cant play & score.

  1. Paul Wright
    commented on: June 2, 2014 at 4:56 p.m.
    How does Spain not take Negredo over Torres? Just wondering.

  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: June 2, 2014 at 10:55 p.m.
    Mark K et al, your comments about Rossi are typically IQ2...he missed the 2010 cut because the Italian coach did not take anyone playing outside of Italy. As for being injury prone, things happen, but his start this past season with Fiorentina was way above expectations 10 goals in 11 games....BTW, your ending comment is delusional. Rossi's abilities and passion for the game is something none of u bloggers understand or can understand...easy to spout because he had another dream. And who is anyone to tell somebody that they 'chose wrong'. Most of u guys are clueless.


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