Newcastle’s Santon joins departed Man City ace Balotelli in Italy squad

Newcastle United defender Davide Santo has been selected for the Italy squad for this week’s friendly with Holland.

Newcastle United defender Davide Santo has been selected for the Italy squad for this week’s friendly with Holland.

The Azzurri take on the Oranje in Amsterdam on Wednesday which gives Magpies left-back Santon the chance to make his first senior international appearance in almost two years.

Santon’s brilliant recent form at club level has not gone unrecognised and he will join recently-departed Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli who joined AC Milan last week.

Also in Cesare Prandelli’s squad are usual suspects Gianluigi Buffon, Daniele De Rossi, Andrea Pirlo as well as Milan star Stephan El Shaarawy.

Italy squad for Holland friendly

Goalkeepers

Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)
Morgan De Sanctis (Napoli)
Federico Marchetti (Lazio)
Salvatore Sirigu (Paris St. Germain)

Defenders

Ignazio Abate (Milan)
Davide Astori (Cagliari)
Andrea Barzagli (Juventus)
Daniele Gastaldello (Sampdoria)
Federico Peluso (Juventus)
Andrea Ranocchia (Inter)
Davide Santon (Newcastle)

Midfielders

Antonio Candreva (Lazio)
Daniele De Rossi (Roma)
Alessandro Diamanti (Bologna)
Alessandro Florenzi (Roma)
Emanuele Giaccherini (Juventus)
Riccardo Montolivo (Milan)
Antonio Nocerino (Milan)
Andrea Pirlo (Juventus)
Marco Verratti (Pars St. Germain)

Forwards

Mario Balotelli (Milan)
Stephan El Shaarawy (Milan)
Alberto Gilardino (Bologna)
Sebastian Giovinco (Juventus)
Pablo Osvaldo (Roma)

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