Lippi warns Del Piero
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Marcello Lippi has warned Alessandro Del Piero that he is not guaranteed a place.Italy coach Marcello Lippi has warned Alessandro Del Piero that he is not guaranteed a place in his World Cup squad.
The Azzurri secured their place at next summer's tournament in Germany courtesy of a 1-0 success over Slovenia at the weekend.
Del Piero was only on the bench for that game but the Juventus talisman is due to start Wednesday's qualifier against Moldova.
The attacker has been a mainstay of the Italian squad in recent seasons but his old club coach admits Del Piero does not have a divine right to a place in his final 23.
"I'm sincere," commented Lippi. "Of the players certain of being in the World Cup, Del Piero isn't one of those.
"Eight months before the competition, it seems to me not right to give out certain names to the people.
"When he says to have nothing to show tomorrow, I think he would mean that, should he play in this way, then he hasn't a lot to show.
"All players must do good things, match by match. This is their destiny."
Del Piero is not the only player who must prove to Lippi that he merits a spot in the squad for the finals next year.
Lippi added: "Certain players are more sure [to go to Germany], others are less sure."