Miccoli rules out Italy chance
Palermo striker Fabrizio Miccoli has conceded that he will not play for Italy at the World Cup.
Last Updated: 04/05/10 3:35pm
Palermo striker Fabrizio Miccoli has conceded that he will not play at the World Cup after Italy coach Marcello Lippi left him out of his initial squad.
Lippi did not pick the 30-year-old, who is the third highest scorer in Serie A this season, for a three-day training camp in Rome later this month.
And the 18-goal forward reckons his dreams of adding to his 10 international caps at the South Africa showpiece are now over.
"I am disappointed to be excluded considering I've had a good season," said Miccoli. "But what can I do but be patient.
"It will mean that during the World Cup I will get to go to the beach with my family. But I wish Italy the best of luck in the tournament."
Miccoli has been a key figure in Palermo's bid to achieve Champions League football next season. The Sicilians lie fifth in Serie A, two points behind Sampdoria who hold the last Champions League berth with two games remaining.
The former Juventus star has not featured for the Azzurri since a friendly against Finland in November 2004.