Italy coach Lippi satisfied after Cameroon stalemate

Italy coach Marcello Lippi was satisfied after their 0-0 draw against Cameroon last night.

Italy coach Marcello Lippi was satisfied after their 0-0 draw against Cameroon last night.

The friendly saw Bari defender Leonardo Bonucci and Cagliari trequartista Andrea Cossu receive their senior Italy debuts for the entire 90 minutes.

“Bonucci and Cossu played with character and quality on their debuts. I also tested out some things with the other players. It was a very useful game,” said Lippi.

“It was a very useful game, as we saw the lads I had called for the first time and of course Marco Borriello who'd already played for the Nazionale under Roberto Donadoni."

Lippi is under increasing pressure to call the likes of Mario Balotelli and Antonio Cassano for the squad.

“I read the opinion polls, but they don't bother me.”

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