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Prandelli foresees Italy role for Insigne

23 August 2012 16:41

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli envisions a significant role for Lorenzo Insigne as he plots his squad for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

The attacker, who has yet to break into the Napoli first team, spent last season on loan at Serie B winners Pescara, and has impressed the national team's coaching staff.

Prandelli, who led Italy to the final of Euro 2012, praised the qualities of the 21-year-old, tipping him to become a fixture in the Azzurri set-up.

"We have been closely following Insigne and the reports are all excellent. He is a prototypical modern attacker, gifted tactically, and he plays according to the team, not to himself," Prandelli told Corriere dello Sport.

Prandelli also refused to shut the door on Antonio Cassano, revealing that the new Inter striker and all other players would be under consideration, as long as they were playing first-team football for their respective clubs.

"Two years ago, he (Cassano) was great in qualifying for the Euros, even when he could only play an hour," he said. "But now I have to think about the World Cup qualifiers, and it all depends on him.

"If Cassano plays continuously, he is relatively young and can still compete. I'm not cold towards him, but sincere and loyal with my players. And this applies to everyone else."

Prandelli also commended the decision of Roma captain Daniele De Rossi to reject the advances of Manchester City, saying: "It is better for him to have remained in Rome.

"The nation needs him to raise the level of the league and become a reference for young people. I say this from my heart."

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Serie A table

# Team MP D P
11 0 +0 0
12 0 +0 0
13 0 +0 0
14 0 +0 0
15 0 +0 0

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