Italy’s World Cup provisional squad is loaded, so who got snubbed?

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Italy’s powerful unit for World Cup 2014 in Brazil will be without Sunderland’s Emanuele Giaccherini, Liverpool’s Fabio Borini, Juventus’ Dani Osvaldo and Zenit’s Domenico Criscito on a heavily-Serie A provisional roster.

In fact, the only three players not playing for an Italian club all play for French powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain, with Thiago Motta, Marco Verratti and Salvatore Sirigu on the squad.

Ciro Immobile and Mattia Destro make the 30-man unit after tremendous Serie A campaigns.

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Mattia Perin (Genoa), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint-Germain), * Mirante (Parma)

Defenders: Ignazio Abate (Milan), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonard Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Turin), Mattia De Sciglio (Milan), Christian Maggio (Napoli), Gabriel Paletta (Parma), Manuel Pasqual (Fiorentina), Andrea Ranocchia (Inter Milan)

Midfielders: Alberto Aquilani (Fiorentina), Antonio Candreva (Lazio), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Ricardo Montolivo (Milan), Thiago Motta (Paris Saint-Germain), Marco Parolo (Parma), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), Romulo (Verona), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain)

Forwards: Mario Balotelli (Milan), Antonio Cassano (Parma), Alessio Cerci (Turin), Mattia Destro (Rome), Ciro Immobile (Turin), Lorenzo Insigne (Naples), Giuseppe Rossi (Fiorentina)

*fourth goalkeeper in case of emergency/injury.