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13 in 14 Arsenal target dropped from World Cup squad, along with ex-United trainee

Italy have dropped Arsenal linked Mattia Destro and former Manchester United youngster Giuseppe Rossi from their World Cup squad.

Italy have cut their World Cup squad down to 23, and two talented strikers have missed out.

Mattia Destro and Giuseppe Rossi have been omitted from the original list of 26, along with Riccardo Montolivo who broke his leg in a friendly at the weekend.

Rossi, a former Manchester United trainee, can consider himself unfortunate to have been dropped for the second World Cup in succession, after bouncing back from two cruciate knee ligament injuries in between.

He scored an impressive 17 goals in 20 starts for Fiorentina this season, including two in his last three games of the campaign, also featuring for 71 minutes against Ireland in the recent international friendly.

Mattia Destro can consider himself every bit as unlucky, having scored 13 goals in 14 starts, 20 games overall, for Roma over the past campaign.

Destro was linked with a switch to Arsenal in January, with RaiSport claiming the striker's agent had fielded an approach from the Gunners.

Just last week however Destro's agent claimed he was happy to stay in Rome, and being left out of the World Cup will he won't be in the shop window this summer.

Italy do have plenty of firepower in their squad however, as they prepare to face England in their Group D opener, with Mario Balotelli, Lorenzo Insigne, Antonio Cassano, Ciro Immobile and Alessio Cerci.

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