Chiellini: Welbeck and Strurridge worry me; Man United star a 'champion'

In an interview with FourFourTwo magazine, the Juventus defender picked out Manchester United and Liverpool strikers to cause Italy problems.

Italy are amongst the favourites for the World Cup in Brazil this summer, but Giorgio Chiellini insists England can pose a threat to the Azzurri at the World Cup. 

When asked by FourFourTwo, as a player, did he think England being written off for the World Cup can motivate the team more, he commented: 'I don't think England are far off the favourites; they have class players who can decide a game at any time. A World Cup doesn't need any extra motivation.'

It's been well-reviewed that it's not only the critics writing England's chances off, but a decent chunk of the fanbase. However, it does give the England players the chance to head to Brazil with less pressure on their back than there has been in previous tournaments.

Chiellini also named Liverpool and Manchester United youngsters, Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge, as the 'new names' in English football, but conceded: 'you can't forget a champion like Wayne Rooney.' 

The Statement with regards to Wayne Rooney is something that has not been echoed by many people in the build up to the World Cup, in fact quite the opposite. 

A number of former professionals and critics over the past few weeks have been jumping on the 'drop Wayne Rooney for the World Cup' bandwagon which, in my opinion, is all too similar to the 'drop David Beckham' campaign several years ago. 

A campaign that in hindsight was incredibly misjudged due to his replacement, David Bentley, not being quite up to standard. 

For what it's worth, I don't believe for one second the England team would be better off without Wayne Rooney. And it's his high-profile figure, like Beckham, that makes him the scapegoat for many critics. 

The views of Chiellini, a player regarded as one of the best defenders in the world, proves just how respected the United number 10 is in the game. 

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