Wayne Rooney is one of the best players in the world and most would agree that he would be in the starting lineup of any side. However, the Manchester United striker won’t get into the Italy national team, suggests coach Cesare Prandelli.
In an interview with Fox Sport, the 56-year-old claimed that he would not include any England players in his Azzurri squad for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil even if he had the chance to.
‘They have some interesting young players’, he said. ‘Until around a year ago no one thought they would be able to make an impression in the Premier League. But I wouldn't take anyone instead of my own players. We are a good team too’.
Of course, Prandelli is not going to undermine his players by claiming that he wishes he could have someone else, but it is hard to deny that the likes of Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Steven Gerrard and Jack Wilshere wouldn’t be wanted by any coach. Italy have truly some enviable stars as well and will head into Brazil as one of the favourites for the competition.
Interestingly, England and Italy have been pitted in the same group in the World Cup. Costa Rica and Uruguay complete Group D, which is said to be the toughest of them all. The two European heavyweights will open their campaign by taking on each other in Manaus on June 14.
Perhaps that day Prandelli might be wishing that he had a few of the England players in his squad.