Juventus coach Claudio Ranieri on Wednesday said he was mystified by David Trezeguet's axing from France's preliminary UEFA EURO 2008 squad.

Ranieri said the striker, whose glittering international resume includes Euro 2000's golden-goal winner, remained a "predator" in the box.

"I can't understand it," Ranieri said. "This is a fantastic player. He's a predator in the area. He's a goal-scorer, he's tremendous. I can't understand it."

The 29-year-old was left out of France's preliminary 30-man squad this week, signalling he will miss the tournament in Austria and Switzerland.

Trezeguet has a stormy history with France's Raymond Domenech and almost quit the national team after the last FIFA World Cup, when France reached the final, saying he had no confidence in the coach.

Ranieri meanwhile praised his evergreen marksman Alessandro Del Piero, who was named in Italy's squad after finishing the season as Serie A's top scorer.

"I'm very happy. He played very, very well this season, so he deserved it," the coach said.