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

Cup.

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

exhibition game.

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

pared.

Prandelli succeeds Marcello Lippi as coach after Italy was

ousted in the group stage in South Africa without a victory.