Italian soccer team summons New Jersey’s Rossi
New Jersey-born Giuseppe Rossi is among the players called up to
play for Italy in its first game since its humiliating World
Italy faces the Ivory Coast in an exhibition game in London on
Tuesday, and Rossi was among the players summoned by new coach
Cesare Prandelli on Friday.
Rossi is a striker for Spain’s Villareal. He had three goals in
Villarreal’s recent 4-1 victory over England’s Tottenham in an
Rossi was born in Teaneck, N.J., to Italian parents and chose to
play for the Italian national team instead of the U.S. squad. He
was cut by Italy when its preliminary World Cup roster was
Prandelli succeeds Marcello Lippi as coach after Italy was
ousted in the group stage in South Africa without a victory.