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Lazio striker Floccari wins late call to Italy squad

Lazio striker Sergio Floccari has been called into the Italy squad.

Floccari has been selected by Italy for the first time ever as a replacement for the injured Alberto Gilardino.

The Fiorentina striker pulled out of the squad this morning, along with the injured Parma full-back Luca Antonelli, after failing to shake off a groin problem.

Floccari is a surprise replacement for the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Northern Ireland and Serbia.

It has also been confirmed that Stuttgart's Cristian Molinaro has been called up as a substitute for Antonelli.

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