Juventus defender Cannavaro denies Azzurri players blocked Cassano selection

Juventus signing Fabio Cannavaro has denied claims Sampdoria star Antonio Cassano was snubbed for Italy's Confederations Cup squad because the senior players didn't want him included.

Juventus signing Fabio Cannavaro has denied claims Sampdoria star Antonio Cassano was snubbed for Italy's Confederations Cup squad because the senior players didn't want him included.

Cannavaro said: “It's not true that the group didn't want him. We are all tied to Antonio. I told him many times that he has paid for his errors.

“Lippi decides, but he has found peace in Genoa and a girlfriend. I hope he does well next year and then he could come with La Nazionale.

“He has the qualities to be here.”

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