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After wedding, Immobile hopes to secure Italy spot

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 21, 2014 at 10:03 am •  Published: May 21, 2014

ROME (AP) — Serie A leading marksman Ciro Immobile is getting married on Friday. He's hoping for a honeymoon in Brazil - playing for Italy in the World Cup.

The preliminary squad member has two weeks to make coach Cesare Prandelli's 23-man cut.

"I'm going to give 200 percent. I want to show that what I did in the league wasn't by chance," Immobile said on Wednesday during the second day of the Azzurri's preparations in Florence.

Immobile's Serie A-topping 22 goals in 33 appearances for Torino have given him a chance, but competition in the squad is stiff.

Prandelli will likely take only five of the seven forwards in his preliminary 30-man squad to Brazil. With Mario Balotelli the only forward assured of a spot, Immobile's competition includes Antonio Cassano of Parma, Torino teammate Alessio Cerci, Mattia Destro of Roma, Lorenzo Insigne of Napoli, and Giuseppe Rossi of Fiorentina.

"Of the seven forwards, my quality level might be the lowest of all, but physically I can hold my own," said Immobile, who helped Pescara to the Serie B title and led the second division with 28 goals in 2011-12.

"(Torino coach Giampiero Ventura) really helped me become a modern forward. All coaches now look for forwards who not only score goals but also run back and help in midfield."

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