Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has put his faith in Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne rather than Giuseppe Rossi or Mattia Destro - a decision that has been questioned by many.
Rossi had a lethal start to the Serie A season and was leading the scoring chart before he suffered a knee ligament injury in January.
Initially it had looked almost certain that the former Manchester United man's World Cup dream was dead, but he fought back impressively ahead of schedule.
Having returned to Serie A action before the end of the campaign, Rossi trained with the provisional squad and played against the Republic of Ireland in Italy's pre-World Cup friendly, but he didn't do enough to impress Prandelli.
Rossi has reacted angrily to suggestions his fitness let him down and claims he was on a par with any other player in the squad.
Some fans also believe that Roma man Mattia Destro, who netted 13 times in Serie A, shouldn't have been cut.
Statistics show that Prandelli has dropped the two Italy players with the best goals per game ratio.
Destro netted once every 95.2 minutes last season while Rossi scored every 95.4 minutes.
Italy will now rely heavily on AC Milan's Mario Balotelli, whose potential to win games at the highest level isn't in doubt but his temperament will always be an issue.
Ciro Immobile who is set to leave Torino for Borussia Dortmund today was lethal last season and finished as Serie A's top scorer with 22, but he has very limited international pedigree with only two caps to his name.