Lippi stands by Italy squad selection after NZ shock

Italy coach Marcello Lippi stands by his squad selection, despite another disappointing result last night.

Italy coach Marcello Lippi stands by his squad selection, despite another disappointing result last night.

The Azzurri fought back from a Shane Smeltz opener with Vincenzo Iaquinta's penalty in the 1-1 draw with New Zealand.

He said: “I am convinced that these players were the right ones to bring. Trust me, we didn't leave these superstars at home who could've changed the match. I don't regret my decisions at all.

“There are players here with a strong character, having proved that in Serie A and internationally. It's not an issue of character. There is a lack of sharpness, we will try to evaluate what is causing that, but there isn't necessarily a clear-cut answer to everything.”

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