Gilardino and the other top Italian players England won't have to face

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Italy's provisional World Cup squad has been well received by the press, but a few star men didn't make the cut.

England's opening World Cup match sees Roy Hodgson's men square up to 2006 World Cup winners Italy but they can be relieved that a few threatening players have been ruled out.

The major news in Italy's squad was the inclusion of Fiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi, who has only just recovered from a cruciate injury.

The ex-Manchester United marksman started the season on blistering form and led the Serie A scoring chart when he suffered the knee injury in early January, but he has battled back ahead of schedule to make the list.

Cesare Prandelli's squad didn't include too many surprises, but there were some disappointed stars in Serie A who won't be flying to Brazil.

ALBERTO GILARDINO

The 2006 World Cup winner is one of Serie A's most reliable marksmen. The 31-year-old has netted 15 times for Genoa this season and had expected to get the call. Many in the Italian press had already written his name on the squad list but he misses out while Antonio Cassano makes it.

LUCA TONI

Not such a surprise that the evergreen striker isn't included. At the age of 36, Toni had been written off internationally a while back, but he has surprised everyone with his prolific form with Verona. Despite being Serie A's second top scorer, Toni will have had little hope of going to Brazil and Prandelli had made that clear.

PABLO DANIEL OSVALDO

Southampton fans will probably shed few tears at Osvaldo's dream being shattered. Having been cut out of Southampton's squad for a training ground assault on Jose Fonte, Osvaldo was handed a lifeline on loan at Juventus. But despite scoring against Roma last weekend and being part of the qualification team, Osvaldo hasn't been impressive of late.

EMANUELE GIACCHERINI

The ex-Juventus winger paid the price for an indifferent season at Sunderland. It was a bold move to leave Turin for Wearside and it proved a poor one as Giaccherini has been pretty much anonymous. 

ALESSANDRO FLORENZI

The gifted young Roma midfielder has been excellent for the Giallorossi this term and would have provided some versatility as he can play on either wing or in the middle. However, fairly predictably, Prandelli felt he had more experienced options.

LORENZO DE SILVESTRI

The defence was a talking point as Juventus stopper Giorgio Chiellini's involvement was in question after he picked up a three-game ban for an elbow and was in breach of Italy's Code of Ethics. But Prandelli believes in Chiellini despite suggestions he's too slow and he overlooked Sampdoria's Lorenzo De Silvestri - a powerhouse of a full-back, choosing Christian Maggio, who recently underwent surgery for a collapsed lung.

DOMENICO CRISCITO

The ex-Juventus left-back may have paid the price for choosing to play abroad with Zenit Saint-Petersburg. Criscito reacted angrily to his exclusion and stressed his frustration at hearing nothing from Cesare Prandelli by way of explanation.

SIMONE SCUFFET

The young goalkeeper labelled 'the next Gigi Buffon' will have to wait for his first World Cup. Prandelli chose Genoa's Mattia Perin instead behind Buffon and Salvatore Sirigu, but it will almost certainly be moot once the squad if trimmed. 

DOMENICO BERARDI

There wasn't much of a realistic chance of the wonder kid being selected even after his third hat-trick of the season for Sassuolo against Fiorentina last weekend. The 19-year-old is amongst the most prolific hit men in Serie A but is yet to make his national debut. By Euro 2016 it could be a different story.

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