Italy coach Prandelli names squad

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has named his squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Bulgaria and the Czech Republic.

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has named his squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Bulgaria and the Czech Republic.

Sampdoria striker Manolo Gabbiadini is a surprise inclusion, along with PSG midfielder Thiago Motta.

Italy squad:

Goalkeepers: Buffon (Juventus), Marchetti (Lazio), Sirigu (Paris Saint Germain)

Defenders: Abate (Milan), Antonelli (Genoa), Astori (Cagliari), Barzagli (Juventus), Bonucci (Juventus), Chiellini (Juventus), Maggio (Napoli), Ranocchia (Inter)

Midfielders: Aquilani (Fiorentina), Candreva (Lazio), Cerci (Torino), De Rossi (Roma), Diamanti (Bologna), Florenzi (Roma), Giaccherini (Sunderland), Montolivo (Milan), Thiago Motta (Paris Saint Germain), Pirlo (Juventus), Verratti (Paris Saint Germain).

Strikers: Balotelli (Milan), El Shaarawy (Milan), Gabbiadini (Sampdoria), Gilardino (Genoa), Insigne (Napoli), Osvaldo (Southampton)

 
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