Some say that this is the poorest forward line that Italy has assembled to a World Cup. I wouldn't disagree with that. I do however want to point out that Di Natale, Pazzini and Gilardino are the three highest Italian goal scorers in Serie A this season. So Lippi had taken the best in Serie A to this World Cup. Is Andrea Pirlo ready to feature in the now crucial match against Slovakia? He has the passing range and vision to make Di Natale, Pazzini and/or Gilardino look world class.
Traditional European heavyweights are struggling at the moment, with England, France and now Italy faltering. All three are in danger of an early exit from the World Cup. England are beset by the fear factor, France are imploding from in-fighting. At least the Italians have the ability and World Cup winning-experience to advance from Group F.