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Soccer: Prandelli responds to Conte after 'impolite' jibe

Italy coach says had right to call up Chiellini

03 March, 15:30
Soccer: Prandelli responds to Conte after 'impolite' jibe (ANSA) - Milan, March 3 - Italy coach Cesare Prandelli responded on Monday after Juventus boss Antonio Conte called him impolite for not telephoning before including defender Giorgio Chiellini in his squad for Wednesday's friendly against Spain.

Chiellini has not played for three weeks because of a calf problem and was an unused substitute in Serie A leaders Juve's 2-0 win at AC Milan on Sunday.

Conte said he only called Chiellini up for the Milan match to enable to him to get back into the big-match spirit but never had any intention of using him because he wanted the player's recovery to continue this week.

"I'm sorry to see him called up," Conte said in the press conference after Sunday's win.

"Often the national team coach ask for cooperation and we give lots because we supply lots of the players to the national team. "I'd have expected a call. I don't think this type of behaviour is very polite". Prandelli hit back Monday, saying that if anyone should have called, it was Juve. "Chiellini was available (for Juve) and I have the right to call up players on the bench (in the league game before national duty)," Prandelli said.

"I'm the one who was expecting a call from (Juve general manager Beppe) Marotta".