Although since Euro 2012. has not played for the Italian national team, the 31-year-old Parma striker Antonio Cassano is in provisional list of candidates for the World Cup in Brazil.

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Italian head coach Cesare Prandelli said on Tuesday the names of 30 players, of which 23 will eventually see Brazil.

Unlike Cassano, among the invitees for the preparation wasnt and the 36-year-old Verona striker Luca Toni, scorer of 20 goals in Serie A this season.

An even bigger surprise was miss of Alberto Gilardino to whom his club Genoa prematurely congratulated the invitation via Twitter.

Italy at the World Cup is placed in group D with and Uruguay, Costa Rica and England.

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Mattia Perin (Genoa), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint Germain)

Defenders: Ignazio Abate (Milan), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Torino), Mattia De Sciglio (Milan), Christian Maggio (Napoli), Gabriel Paletta (Parma), Manuel Pasqual (Fiorentina), Andrea Ranocchia (Inter)

Midfielders: Alberto Aquilani (Fiorentina), Antonio Candreva (Lazio), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Riccardo Montolivo (Milan), Thiago Motta (Paris Saint-Germain), Marco Parolo (Parma), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), Romulo (Hellas Verona), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain)

Forwards: Mario Balotelli (Milan), Antonio Cassano (Parma), Alessio Cerci (Torino), Mattia Destro (Roma), Ciro Immobile (Torino), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Giuseppe Rossi (Fiorentina)

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