He took a call from a top Italian TV journalist
urgently looking for the "mister", Trap.
Pippo dutifully passed on the message to his boss.
Trap returned the call - and was tipped off about Croatia's attacking formation, innocently revealed to the Italian reporter during an
interview with a Croatia squad member.
Trap reshuffled his side, opting for a more defensive line-up - and axed poor Pippo.
Return to Sendai
Italy's players may still be adamantly refusing to sing their national anthem at match line-ups, but a new song is serving to lighten the mood at
the "Azzurri" press camp
The verse was coined by the small British contingent as an ironic response to Italian complaints about English referee Graham Poll disallowing two Italy goals against Croatia.
And it follows the announcement that the squad would return to its Sendai base if the team were to make the final in Tokyo.
"Return to Sendai" was first heard coming from the hotel lifts as the high-spirited three-strong Brit pack adapted the Elvis Presley classic
Return to Sender: