Italian chief supports Prandelli over Cassano snub

Cesare Prandelli's decision to snub Internazionale forward Antonio Cassano for Italy's lastest World Cup qualifiers has earned support from the Italian football chief.

Italian chief supports Prandelli over Cassano snub

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Cesare Prandelli and Antonio Cassano

Giancarlo Abete, the president of the Italian Football Federation, is behind Prandelli despite watching Cassano net four times in seven Serie A games this term.

Cassano also has an impressive scoring record with 10 in 35 games for the national side.

Italy are top of Group B following a 3-1 win over Armenia on Friday. They meet Denmark at the San Siro in Milan tomorrow night.

“The exclusion of Cassano is down to the tactical decisions of the coach," said Abete. "The coach wants to look at new players.

“Spain, for example, changed half of their side after they won the European Championship and did the same after winning the World Cup.

“We don’t have any indispensable players, apart from Juventus’ Andrea Pirlo. There are other first team players, but they are all approachable ones.”

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