Lippi stands by Cassano omission
Italy coach Marcello Lippi insists he does not have to explain his decision to overlook Antonio Cassano.
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 25/03/09 9:48am
Italy coach Marcello Lippi insists he does not have to explain his decision to overlook Antonio Cassano for his latest squad.
Cassano has been in splendid form for Sampdoria this season, but has not been included in Lippi's plans for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Republic of Ireland.
The world champions face Ireland in Cassano's hometown of Bari next Wednesday and questions have been raised about his omission.
However, Lippi has no intention of discussing his reasons for leaving out Cassano, saying he will not be influenced by where a player is born.
"You know I only talk about players that are here," said Lippi.
"I don't have to give reasons for my decisions. I have my convictions and I don't have to give explanations.
"And that's not because I'm arrogant.
"It would be bad if I called up a player only because he was born in the city where we are going to play.
"To get in the national team, players have to be doing good things over a long period, not just for a few matches."