Gazzetta ‘reveals’ Prandelli squad

Posted on 01/10/2010

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La Gazzetta dello Sport has predicted the 23 players whom Cesare Prandelli will select for Italy’s next two Euro 2012 qualifiers.

The tactician will announce his squad on Sunday ahead of Friday’s game against Northern Ireland and then the tie against Serbia.

The three goalkeepers are expected to be Bologna’s Emiliano Viviano, Salvatore Sirigu of Palermo and Parma’s Antonio Mirante.

The paper claims that certainties in defence will be Mattia Cassani [Palermo], Lorenzo De Silvestri [Fiorentina], Leonardo Bonucci [Juventus], Giorgio Chiellini [Juventus], Cristian Molinaro [Stuttgart] and Luca Antonelli [Parma].

Two more defenders will be selected with Palermo’s Cesare Bovo, Sampdoria’s Daniele Gastaldello, Cagliari’s Davide Astori and Andrea Ranocchia of Genoa fighting for selection.

In midfield, Andrea Pirlo [Milan], Daniele De Rossi [Roma], Claudio Marchisio [Juventus], Riccardo Montolivo [Fiorentina], Angelo Palombo [Sampdoria], Simone Pepe [Juventus] and perhaps Cagliari’s Andrea Lazzari are being tipped for inclusion.

Five players will be picked in attack, those being Antonio Cassano [Sampdoria], Giampaolo Pazzini [Sampdoria], Alberto Gilardino [Fiorentina], Giuseppe Rossi [Villarreal] and Fabio Quagliarella [Juventus].

Despite his decent form at Roma, Marco Borriello will apparently only be on stand-by.

The pink paper also goes as far as naming Itay’s probable starting XI for their Northern Ireland test: Viviano; Cassani, Bonucci, Chiellini, Antonelli; Montolivo, Pirlo, De Rossi; Pepe, Gilardino [Pazzini], Cassano.


Source: Football-Italia

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