Italy coach Prandelli keeps faith with Man City striker Balotelli for latest squad

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has recalled Fiorentina striker Alberto Gilardino.

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has recalled Fiorentina striker Alberto Gilardino.

Gilardino was left out of the group for the friendly against Spain earlier this month but is in the 24-man squad called up by Italy coach Cesare Prandelli for the upcoming qualifiers.

The Azzurri are without Juventus striker Alessandro Matri, who is out injured.

Prandelli has picked four players who play outside Italy, including Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli.

Italy play away at the Faroe Islands on Friday before hosting Slovenia five days later in Florence.

The Azzurri top Group C and are unbeaten in qualifying.

Italy squad: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Morgan De Sanctis (Napoli), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint Germain); Davide Astori (Cagliari), Federico Balzaretti (Palermo), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Mattia Cassani (Fiorentina), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Domenico Criscito (Zenit St Petersburg), Christian Maggio (Napoli), Andrea Ranocchia (Inter); Alberto Aquilani, Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina), Thiago Motta (Inter), Antonio Nocerino (Palermo), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus); Mario Balotelli (Manchester City), Antonio Cassano (Milan), Alberto Gilardino (Fiorentina), Sebastian Giovinco (Parma), Giampaolo Pazzini (Inter), Giuseppe Rossi (Villarreal).

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