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From Rossi to Negredo – Five more shock World Cup omissions

| 02.06.2014

The World Cup may be just around the corner but the squad surprises keep coming, with five more surprise omissions revealed in the past few days.

With Italy, Spain, Ivory Coast and the USA all in the headlines after cutting their squads from 30 to 23, each of the four feature alongside Iran in our latest surprise omissions countdown.


Giuseppe Rossi – Despite playing 71 minutes of Italy’s recent 0-0 draw with Ireland Azzurri boss Cesare Prandelli opted to cut Rossi from his squad. The 27-year-old had battled back from a serious knee injury to get this far, but with alternatives like Lorenzo Insigne and Ciro Immobile boasting more match-fitness going into the finals, Rossi was a gamble Prandelli wasn’t willing to take.

Spain national football team's forward Alvaro Negredo (L) juggles with the ball next to midfielder Xabi Alonso during a training session at the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg on November 18, 2013 on the eve of Spain's friendly match against South Africa.  AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE        (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

Alvaro Negredo – On the surface of it, Negredo’s omission represents something of a surprise, though the reality is that, since January, the Spaniard has struggled for form at Manchester City. Vicente Del Bosque appears to have favoured experience in his selections with Fernando Torres and David Villa both included despite less-than-stellar seasons in front of goal.

Egypt's Wael Gomaa (L) vies for the ball against Ivory Coast's Traore Lacina (R) during their friendly football match in Abu Dhabi on January 14, 2013. AFP PHOTO/KARIM SAHIB        (Photo credit should read KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

Lacina Traore – Ivory Coast boast their fair share of attacking options with Didier Drogba, Wilfried Bony, Salomon Kalou and Gervinho included but Lacina Traore offered the Elephants something different. Standing tall at 6ft 8in, the targetman would have been a shoo-in a year ago after impressing at Anzhi Makachkala. However stop-start spells at Monaco and then on loan at Everton saw his form dip.

Landon Donovan of the US Men's National Team practices in Stanford, California on May 14, 2014.   In the upcoming World Cup 2014 the US is drawn in Group G, along with Ghana, who reached the quarter-finals in the 2010 edition, Euro 2012 semi-finalists Portugal, and one of the favorites for the trophy Germany. They will kick off their campaign on June 16 against Ghana.  AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON        (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

Landon Donovan – The biggest omission so far, Jurgen Klinsmann opted for youth over experience in Brazil, with the untested 18-year-old Julian Green included and Donovan left out. Rumours persist of a rift between the pair, while some suggest Donovan’s attitude in training also contributed to the decision. But with 11 goals in his last 17 games for Team USA, the former Everton will be is a big miss.

Iran's player Sardar Azmoun is pictured during the friendly football match Iran vs Angola in preparation for the FIFA World Cup 2014 on May 30, 2014 in Hartberg, Austria.     AFP PHOTO / SAMUEL KUBANI        (Photo credit should read SAMUEL KUBANI/AFP/Getty Images)

Sardar Azmoun – Arsenal fans must have hoped that the World Cup would provide them with the opportunity of seeing the man dubbed “the Iranian Messi” in action, with the Gunners reportedly eager to sign the Rubin Kazan star. But Carlos Queiroz had other ideas, cutting the 19-year-old attacker from a decidedly defensive squad, as Iran aim to cause an upset.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.