Sunday, 11 November 2007

Azzurri: Donadoni names Euro 2008 squad

Juventus forward Raffaele Palladino is the only new face in Roberto Donadoni's 24-man squad for Italy's Euro 2008 qualifiers against Scotland and the Faroe Islands on November 17 and 21.

The 23-year-old Palladino has scored one goal in nine Serie A matches for Juventus this season and is one of five Juve players included in the Azzurri squad alongside Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini, Mauro Camoranesi and Vincenzo Iaquinta, although Donadoni has decided against calling up Bianconeri captain Alessandro Del Piero.

Italy are third in Group B, two points behind France and one behind Scotland. A victory in Glasgow - or a draw and a consequent victory against the Faroes in Modena - would book the Azzurri's place in the tournament in Austria and Switzerland next summer.

The Azzurri squad will meet up at the Coverciano training ground on Monday afternoon and fly out to Glasgow on Friday.

Italy squad
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Marco Amelia (Livorno), Gianluca Curci (Roma).
Defenders: Andrea Barzagli (Palermo), Daniele Bonera (AC Milan), Fabio Cannavaro (Real Madrid), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Fabio Grosso (Olympique Lyonnais), Massimo Oddo (AC Milan), Christian Panucci (Roma), Gianluca Zambrotta (Barcelona).
Midfielders: Massimo Ambrosini (AC Milan), Mauro Camoranesi (Juventus), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Gennaro Gattuso (AC Milan), Simone Perrotta (Roma), Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan).
Forwards: Antonio Di Natale (Udinese), Alberto Gilardino (AC Milan), Vincenzo Iaquinta (Juventus), Cristiano Lucarelli (Shakhtar Donetsk), Raffaele Palladino (Juventus), Fabio Quagliarella (Udinese), Luca Toni (Bayern Munich).

Source: C4 Football Italia / UEFA

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