Italians sign up Prandelli for two more years
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli, a one-time Tottenham target until the post was filled yesterday, has put paid to any further speculation about his future by penning a two-year contract extension.
And the Italian has also injected spice into Saturday's friendly against Ireland by declaring that he will delay his World Cup squad announcement until next week to allow fringe players to impress at Fulham's Craven Cottage home.
"The agreement was already in place two months ago but we needed this time to formulate the contract," Prandelli said. "The federation wanted to include my image rights and this was the reason for the delay in signing the contract.
"I have to wait and see as the next four days will be important to understand which players will be able to manage the workload and then we will have the friendly against Ireland," the former Roma and Fiorentina boss said.
"After that game, we will choose the 23 players."
Their preparations, however, have been hampered after it was revealed that food unfit for consumption has been found and confiscated from their hotel in Brazil.
Brazilian health and safety officials raided the England and Italy team hotels and confiscated fish, butter, ham and other food past their sell-by dates. Officials discovered 25kg of seafood and margarine past the sell-by date at Italy's hotel and another 24kg of meat, sauces, cheese and sugar that had no visible sell-by date.