Grosso shock as Lippi trims squad to 28

Juventus left-back Fabio Grosso was the shock victim as Italy coach Marcello Lippi cut two players from his pre-World Cup squad on Tuesday.
Lippi trimmed his squad from 30 to 28 players with Grosso’s midfield Juve team-mate Andrea Candreva also sent home.
The omission of Grosso is particularly surprising given that he has been Italy’s first choice left-back for several years and was part of the World Cup winning team four years ago. However, he seems to have paid for his poor form in a weak Juventus defence this season, although first choice centre-back pairing Giorgio Chiellini and Fabio Cannavaro survived the cull.
It was little surprise that Candreva was cut as he was the least experienced of the midfielders in the squad and is not a regular starter at Juve.
Lippi, who was expected to trim his list to 27 players, will submit his definitive 23-man squad to Fifa by June 1. Four-time champions Italy will set up a training camp at altitude in Sestriere in the Italian Alps from May 23 to June 5.
They will take on Mexico in a friendly game in Brussels on June 3 and Switzerland in Geneva two days later. The Azzurri are scheduled to arrive in South Africa on June 9 ahead of their Group F opener with Paraguay in Cape Town on June 14.

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