Sampdoria coach Gigi del Neri admits he can't understand why Italy boss Marcello Lippi continues to freeze out Antonio Cassano.

Del Neri fell out with Cassano in midseason, but since settling their differences the striker has been outstanding in Samp's run to the top four.

The coach said: "It makes no sense. The only explanation is that Lippi wants to base everything on the group that he has formed from the start."