World Cup 2014: Cesare Prandelli’s eye on the future shows he is committed to the long haul with Italy

Of the 42 players selected for a ‘check-up’ before the World Cup at Italy’s Coverciano headquarters a fortnight ago, one name in particular caught journalists by surprise: Federico Bernardeschi. A 20-year-old No 10 from Carrara, he has impressed scoring 10 goals for Crotone in Serie B this season. Few genuinely expect him to go to Brazil, but his call up is indicative of a number of things. Like the readiness of coach Cesare Prandelli to look to the future.

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