Italy star Rossi angry at missing World Cup

Giuseppe Rossi

Fiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi has hit out at the decision to drop him from Italy's World Cup squad.

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has made the tough choice to leave Giuseppe Rossi out of his squad for Brazil and the striker seems less than impressed.

Rossi's place looked certain in the first half of the Serie A season when he led the scoring charts comfortably.

But the ex-Manchester United man's season was destroyed by a cruciate ligament injury suffered during a game against Livorno in January.

The American-born marksman faced a tough race against time to recover but seemed on track when he returned to action in the final weeks of the season.

However, Prandelli has chosen not to risk Rossi and called upon Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne instead.

The decision has been generally poorly received in Italy and Rossi has taken to Twitter to make his frustration clear.

"Everyone says I'm not fit - I tell you to look at the results of the fitness tests in midweek," he wrote.

"They will shock you. Fear of tackles? What a joke. I think quicker than the defenders. Next time I'll play like an amateur and wait for the defender."

Rossi later softened and insisted that he would be supporting Italy but his agent was also saddened by his exclusion.

"Giuseppe accepts the decision but he is angry and disappointed," Andrea Pastorello told the Ansa news agency.

"We accept the exclusion with regret. Rossi has put in five months of incredible sacrifice so this is very tough."

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