Italy cut World Cup hero Grosso from their squad

19th May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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Punters looking at World Cup betting may sit up and take notice of the apparent ruthlessness running through the Italian camp. What was expected to be the Italian first choice left back at the 2010 FIFA World Cup has been cut from the squad, as manager Marcello Lippi made two cuts this week. Juventus player Fabio Grosso, who has been the stalwart in the left back for Italy for year’s now, and was the one who netted the crucial penalty in the World Cup final in Germany 2006, has been cut from the squad. The entire Juventus defence has not been great all season, and the veteran full back has paid the price, as Lippi gets ruthless in his nation’s preparations. Along with Grosso went the inexperienced midfielder Antonia Candreva, but it is the shock of seeing Grosso depart, which adds an air of authority and a business like streak to the Italians. These are the first two cuts from the provisional 30 man squad that Lippi has made.

The defending World Cup Champions seem to be flying under the radar a little bit, with regards to odds at the best bookmakers for betting on the World Cup. They are out in the chasing pack, even after a very strong and efficient qualifying campaign from Europe. There has been little sentiment in the decision to ditch Grosso, as his club form simply has not been good enough, according to Lippi. It is not what players have done before for club or country, it is current form that the Italians are banking on. The Italy which will fly to South Africa, is a vastly different one to the side who picked up the trophy in Germany 2006. Just eight of that World Cup winning squad remain in the current squad, and it is they who will form the back bone of experience through the side, such as goalkeeping legend Gianluigi Buffon. It also should quell some fires that Italy are nothing more than a Dad’s Army.

Italy have two international friendly matches before they kick off the defence of their World Cup. They play Mexico and Switzerland as part of their preparations, while remaining on Italian soil for their training. Italy are in Group F along with Paraguay, New Zealand and Slovakia. Their first match is against the South Americans Paraguay in what should be a stern test of their defence. Italy are favourite in World Cup odds to win their group, and could well be in line for a showdown with tournament favourites Spain in the Quarter Finals, which can be seen with the free download of our printable World Cup fixture chart.

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