Cassano's inclusion for Prandelli's debut against Ivory Coast is the most controversial of his selections.
Prandelli said: “Cassano has reached maturity now. It is an extraordinary opportunity for him. His Azzurri adventure can be very consistent if he feels himself to be a protagonist and a focal point for his teammates."
“As for Balotelli, all these lads here have great talent, but they must also prove they are grown-ups. Too often we treat them like spoilt children.
“I want to create a feeling of empathy with players like him, to let him know I am here, I am listening and what can I do to help you?
“I think that together Mario and I can change the way some people view Balotelli.”