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Prandelli to hand Fiorentina striker Rossi Italy start

Fiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi is set to start for Italy tonight against Nigeria tonight.

Rossi missed the game with Germany due to tonsillitis, but is now fit to start.

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said: "Rossi is ready and for the line-up we'll have to see tonight's training session. Balotelli, Riccardo Montolivo and Daniele De Rossi need to be evaluated.

"I perform many experiments because I haven't got much time. I'm not saying it's a problem that we don't have training camps, but it is a fact.

"If I'd had more time then I wouldn't have needed to call so many players and we wouldn't have run into some embarrassing results. It's not club Coaches who are the problem, but the fixture list and the directors.

"The truth is that right now everyone is thinking about Serie A or the Champions League, but come June they will all be huge Italy fans. I'd like a little more enthusiasm around us now."

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