Fiorentina-Sassuolo acts as warning to England

Giuseppe Rossi

Giuseppe Rossi marked his return to fitness with a goal for Fiorentina while rising star Domenico Berardi made his case with a hat-trick for Sassuolo.

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli certainly isn't short of attacking options to take to Brazil and two of his possible strikers made compelling arguments for a place last night.

Giuseppe Rossi had been guaranteed a place in the Azzurri squad. The ex-Manchester United man was leading the Serie A scoring chart and in prolific form until he suffered a cruciate ligament injury in January.

It had been feared that Rossi may not return to full fitness in time to make the plane, but Rossi has recovered ahead of schedule and made his point by scoring on his Serie A return against Sassuolo.

However, Sassuolo were to upset the odds and claimed a stunning 4-3 victory thanks to a hat-trick from striking sensation Domenico Berardi.

At the age of 19, Berardi is already being touted as the next Alessandro Del Piero and has been lethal for minnows Sassuolo on loan from Juventus.

Berardi netted three times in 20 minutes against Fiorentina and now has a phenomenal 16 goals to his name this season.

The alleged Manchester United target had been seen as an outsider for a place in Brazil but his latest feat will have made Prandelli's decision a little more complex.

AC Milan marksman Mario Balotelli appears to be safe after Prandelli's recent press statements, but behind him there are many candidates for a place in Italy's attack.

Ciro Immobile, another rising star like Berardi who leads Serie A's scoring chart with 21 goals for Torino, is fighting for a place.

On the other side of the age spectrum, evergreen 2006 World Cup winner Luca Toni has managed 19 goals for Verona and could be included, as could Antonio Cassano who is enjoying a renaissance at Parma.

England are Italy's first opponents at World Cup 2014 on June 14 and can expect to face some in-form goal-getters.

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