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Prandelli unfazed by seed failure

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli insists Italy's failure to be seeded for next year's World Cup will not harm their chances, citing the Azzurri's Euro 2012 run as evidence they can qualify for the knockout stages from a tough group.

Mario Balotelli celebrates after equalising in the 2-2 draw with Armenia.
Balotelli scored late to salvage a draw for Italy.

Tuesday's 2-2 draw with Armenia saw Italy slip below Switzerland in the world rankings, denting their hopes of being a top seed in Brazil.

But Prandelli believes Italy's progression to the Euro 2012 final, despite facing top seeds and eventual winners Spain in their group, gives him little concern for the World Cup draw.

"We were not a top seed at the European Championship and for that reason I'm not worried," he said. 

Prandelli was more worried about his side's performance against Armenia, as the hosts were twice forced to come from behind.

The Italian sent a warning to his players, suggesting he could make a number of changes before selecting his final World Cup squad.

"We had a terrible start," Prandelli told Italian TV station Rai. "Our opening 20 minutes were embarrassing. We then reacted and had spells where we played well but in the second half we gave away a goal from a corner.

"I had asked my players to play good football and they didn't do that. The important thing for me was to see that the players didn't give up.

"It's obvious that when you arrive at the last few games having already achieved your aim, you do enough just to take home a result. But that shouldn't be the case, we should have shown more intensity and determination, otherwise you pay. 

"I now need to judge their performances because this is football and after this game, I will have to evaluate them in view of the 23 players that will go to Brazil."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.


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