After managing to agree a contract extension with the Italian football Federation, Cesare Prandelli has outlined his vision of the way his players should behave at the World Cup 2014. Prandelli has received a lot of admirers for the way he has transformed in ageing Italian team into one of the dominant forces in world football. They are on the cusp of winning a major trophy. They came close to winning the Euro 2012, but they were beaten by his Spanish team that has won the last three major titles.
Prandelli will remain as the national team manager until 2016, which has despised any rumours about him returning to club football. He players should be honoured to represent the Italian team at a major tournament. The former Fiorentina boss has always been strict about discipline. He has not thought twice about removing players, even star names such as De Rossi, from the team if he thought that they are disruptive influence. The Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi was even left out of the recent friendly matches due to indiscipline.
Prandelli has now lay down marker after announcing his extended stay with the national team. It is expected that those who do not comply will not be on the plane to Brazil.
“I want players who feel honoured to wear the Azzurri shirt, because you have to win not only with technique but also with behaviour. Someone who spits in the face of a rival or repeatedly simulates does not deserve to be called, regardless of how they play. De Rossi? I do not believe he will lose his character. Nobody has complained, not even Daniele, only a few coaches. I do not like arrogance and the fact is that so many take it too seriously,” said Prandelli, whose team will play against the likes of England and Uruguay in the group stages.