Saturday, 13 October 2007

Azzurri: Donadoni names South Africa squad

Paolo Cannavaro, brother of World Cup-winning captain Fabio, has received his first Italy call up along with three other players for Wednesday's friendly with South Africa in Siena.

Roberto Donadoni, whose Italy side beat Georgia 2-0 in a Euro 2008 qualifier in Genoa tonight, has decided not to risk his key players ahead of next month's crunch qualifier at Group B leaders Scotland.

Napoli defender Cannavaro joins Andrea Dossena of Udinese, Juventus’ Antonio Nocerino and Torino sensation Alessandro Rosina in the squad for the first time.

AC Milan forward Alberto Gilardino and Palermo defender Cristian Zaccardo are also in the 20-man squad while Juventus striker Vincenzo Iaquinta is included after missing the Georgia game with a fever.

Alessandro Del Piero and Filippo Inzaghi have again been left out.

Italy are second in their qualifying group one point behind Scotland and just a point ahead of France with two games remaining. In the midweek qualifiers, Scotland travel to Georgia on Wednesday, while the French host Lithuania.

Azzurri squad:
Goalkeepers: Marco Amelia (Livorno), Gianluca Curci (Roma).
Defenders: Cristian Zaccardo (Palermo), Giandomenico Mesto (Udinese), Daniele Bonera (AC Milan), Alessandro Gamberini (Fiorentina), Paolo Cannavaro (Napoli), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus).
Midfielders: Andrea Dossena (Udinese), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Angelo Palombo (Sampdoria), Antonio Nocerino (Juventus), Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina), Franco Semioli (Fiorentina), Pasquale Foggia (Cagliari), Stefano Mauri (Lazio), Alessandro Rosina (Torino).
Forwards: Cristiano Lucarelli (Shakhtar Donetsk), Alberto Gilardino (AC Milan), Vincenzo Iaquinta (Juventus).

Source: Gazzetta dello Sport / Reuters

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