Monday, 5 October 2009

[U21] Squad named for Bosnia-Herz

Italy Under-21 coach Pierluigi Casiraghi has named two new faces in his squad for the crucial UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier against Bosnia-Herzegovina on October 13.

Luca Marrone & Federico CarraroCasiraghi is in the difficult process of building a competitive new Under-21 group at the same time as trying to navigate his young side through the tricky qualifying stages to the 2011 finals in Denmark.

The 21-man squad for the match in Mantova next week includes first call-ups for midfielders Federico Carraro of Fiorentina and Luca Marrone of Juventus.

Captain Lorenzo De Silvestri returns after missing last month's qualifying double-header against Wales and Luxembourg with an injury, but goalkeeper Vincenzo Fiorillo, defender Matteo Gentili and striker Mattia Mustacchio are away with Italy's Under-20 side at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Egypt.

Italy, who reached the semi-finals of this year's European Championships in Sweden, are playing catch-up to Wales in Group 3 after starting their qualifying campaign late and losing to the Welsh in their opening game.

Casiraghi's men picked up an important first win against Luxembourg in their last game and sit seven points behind Wales, having played two games less than the early group leaders. Before Italy play again, the Welsh could extend their lead with a home match of their own against the Balkan nation on October 10.

The Azzurrini squad will gather for preparations in Rodigo on Wednesday night.

Italy squad
Goalkeepers: Mattia Perin (Genoa), Andrea Seculin (Fiorentina).
Defenders: Gabriele Angella (Empoli), Lorenzo Ariaudo (Juventus), Giuseppe Bellusci (Catania), Davide Brivio (Vicenza), Lorenzo De Silvestri (Fiorentina), Angelo Ogbonna (Torino), Andrea Ranocchia (Bari).
Midfielders: Antonino Barilla (Reggina), Tommaso Bianchi (Piacenza), Federico Carraro (Fiorentina), Ivan Castiglia (Cittadella), Luca Marrone (Juventus), Ivan Pasquato (Empoli), Andrea Poli (Sampdoria), Roberto Soriano (Sampdoria).
Forwards: Mario Balotelli (Inter), Federico Macheda (Manchester United), Guido Marilungo (Sampdoria), Alberto Paloschi (Parma).

Source: FIGC

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