Alessandro Diamanti believes his Italian national team omission was down to a tactical decision from manager Cesare Prandelli.
However, he was overlooked by Prandelli for the Azzurri's 30-man preliminary World Cup squad which he feels is not down to his move to Asia.
"I don't think being in China had anything to do with that," Diamanti, capped 17 times by Italy, told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
"I believe Cesare Prandelli made a tactical choice."
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