Cassano named in Italian squad

Strikers Alberto Gilardino and Luca Toni missed out, while the injury-plagued Giuseppe Rossi and controversial forward Antonio Cassano were included in Italy's 30-man provisional squad. Coach Cesare Prandelli also selected Giorgio Chiellini, one day after he was banned for three club matches for elbowing a rival.

Italy: Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon, Salvatore Sirigu, Mattia Perin; Defe­nders: Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bo­nucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Gabriel Paletta, Andrea Ranocchia, Ignazio Abate, Mattia De Sciglio, Christian Maggio, Matteo Darmian, Manuel Pasqual. Midfielders: Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio, Thiago Motta, Marco Verra­tti, Riccardo Montolivo, Daniele De Rossi, Antonio Candreva, Marco Parolo, Alberto Aquilani, Romulo. Forwa­rds: Mario Balotelli, Antonio Cassano, Alessio Cerci, Ciro Immobile, Giuseppe Rossi, Mattia Destro, Lorenzo Insigne.

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