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Furious West Ham star Angelo Ogbonna hits out after being snubbed for Italy Euros squad by Roberto Mancini
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Furious West Ham star Angelo Ogbonna hits out after being snubbed for Italy Euros squad by Roberto Mancini

Furious Angelo Ogbonna has hit out after being snubbed for Italy’s Euro squad by Roberto Mancini.

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Ogbonna has been a key figure in leading West Ham to the club’s record Premier League points haul and into the Europa League.

The 33-year-old Italian was called up for Italy’s last squad back in March.

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Ogbonna snubbed by Mancini for Italy’s Euro squad

But the West Ham ace has been snubbed after Mancini named a provisional 28-man squad for the tournament.

And Ogbonna is not happy.

Hitting out at Mancini’s decision, Ogbonna said he is ‘amazed and embittered’ after having ‘the season of his career’.

Oggy also accused Mancini of favouring players at so-called bigger clubs by selecting Chelsea outcast Emerson and Jorginho while overlooking West Ham’s success as they pushed the Blues all the way for a place in the Champions League.

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Oggy slams Italy boss, says he has ignored his and West Ham’s brilliant season

“The coach ignored me, there is no meritocracy (being selected according to merit),” Ogbonna fumed (as translated by Hammers News from Fantacalcio).

“It was my best season, after 30 a defender enters his best season. I am amazed and embittered.

“Maybe he didn’t take the West Ham championship (season) into consideration, but we fought until the end with Jorginho and Palmieri’s Chelsea, who proved to be no ordinary team.

“In sport, meritocracy must prevail and this time in my opinion it did not prevail.”

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Italy’s loss is West Ham’s gain as Ogbonna can get well deserved rest ahead of European adventure

Well said Angelo.

Indeed it was the defender’s lay off through injury which – along with injuries to Declan Rice and Michail Antonio – ended up costing West Ham a place in the Champions League.

Results stuttered during that spell. And in the end David Moyes’s side missed out to Chelsea a single win.

But Italy’s loss is West Ham’s gain as the defensive rock can now enjoy a break over the summer and gear up for next season in the Europa League.

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