With the World Cup less than 50 days away, the footballing world will descend on Brazil this summer. As part of a series of squad predictions, here we look at who Italy could take to the tournament.
In the last World Cup, Italy finished bottom of their group. They missed a chance there but it's not impossible to say this could now be their time again.
The players that could make up the squad are certainly interesting and is tough to guess at a starting XI as obviously no-one knows what team will be put out for the first group game.
Probable squad of 23
Goalkeepers: Gigi Buffon, Salvatore Sirigu and Federico Marchetti
Defenders: Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Domenico Criscito, Ignazio Abate, Christian Maggio
Midfielders: Daniele De Rossi, Claudio Marchisio, Riccardo Montolivo, Andrea Pirlo. Alessandro Diamanti, Alberto Aquilani, Thiago Motta, Marco Verratti
Forwards: Mario Balotelli, Alessio Cerci, Mattia Destro, Ciro Immobile, Giuseppe Rossi, Lorenzo Insigne
Key Player: Andrea Pirlo. His control and wizardry on the ball is a delight to watch and was evident at Euro 2012. With this World Cup potentially his last, another medal would go well in his collection. Pirlo's dead-ball skills will prove vital for Italy's success.
Player to watch: Lorenzo Insigne. If he does go and is given the chance to shine, it will be evident why Napoli rate him highly.
The manager: Cesare Prandelli has been in charge since August 2010. In his time he has masterminded them getting to the final of the Euros and also guided Italy to the World Cup with ease.
While a tough group comprising of England, Uruguay and Costa Rica awaits, could Prandelli inspire the team to a successful World Cup campaign?
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