Friday, 1 February 2008

U21: Casiraghi names Azzurrini squad

Siena pair Luca Rossettini and Daniele Galloppa have earned call-ups to Pierluigi Casiraghi’s Azzurrini squad to face the Netherlands in a friendly next week.

Italy’s Under-21 side are moving comfortably towards qualification for the 2009 UEFA European Championships in Sweden - sitting top of qualifying Group 1.

Casiraghi will test his side out against the current European champions in Ferrara on Tuesday night, ahead of next month’s crucial trip to Azerbaijan.

Following that qualifier, the Azzurrini will be preparing for the Under-23 football tournament at the Beijing Olympic Games - which takes place in August, before concluding their qualifying campaign against Greece and Croatia in September.

Only four of the members of the side that took part in last year's European Championship finals are named in the latest squad – Brescia goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano, Udinese defender Andrea Coda and midfielders Riccardo Montolivo of Fiorentina and Antonio Nocerino from Juventus.

Siena midfielder Galloppa has earned a return to the international fold with his recent impressive performances in Serie A and will be joined by teammate Rossettini, who makes his debut.

The squad will gather on Sunday evening after their weekend games and will have their first training session in Spal on Monday.

The squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Andrea Consigli (Rimini), Emiliano Viviano (Brescia).
Defenders: Andrea Coda (Udinese), Domenico Criscito (Genoa), Paolo De Ceglie (Siena), Lino Marzoratti (Empoli), Marco Motta (Torino), Luca Rossettini (Siena), Marco Rossi (Parma).
Midfielders: Luca Cigarini (Parma), Daniele Galloppa (Siena), Sebastian Giovinco (Empoli), Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina), Piermario Morosini (Vicenza), Antonio Nocerino (Juventus), Andrea Russotto (Treviso).
Attackers: Alessio Cerci (Pisa), Pablo Daniel Osvaldo (Fiorentina), Nicola Pozzi (Empoli), Giuseppe Rossi (Villarreal).

Source: C4 Football Italia

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