Italy selects 4 new players for match vs. Romania

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has selected four uncapped players to his squad for the friendly against Romania in Austria on Wednesday.

Brescia winger Alessandro Diamanti, defenders Andrea Ranocchia of Genoa and Federico Balzaretti of Palermo and Lazio’s Argentine-born midfielder, Cristian Ledesma, were all called up on Sunday for the game in Klagenfurt.

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, Inter Milan defender Davide Santon and Juventus midfielder Alberto Aquilani all return to the squad after missing Italy’s international against Serbia on Oct.12 in Genoa that was abandoned due to crowd trouble.

Itay Squad:

Goalkeepers: Antonio Mirante (Parma), Salvatore Sirigu (Palermo), Emanuele Viviano (Bologna)

Defenders: Davide Astori (Cagliari), Federico Balzaretti (Palermo), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Mattia Cassani (Palermo), Domenico Criscito (Genoa), Daniele Gastaldello (Sampdoria), Andrea Ranocchia (Genoa), Davide Santon (Inter Milan)

Midfielders: Alberto Aquilani (Juventus), Daniele De Rossi (AS Roma), Alessandro Diamanti (Brescia), Cristian Ledesma (Lazio), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Stefano Mauri (Lazio), Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan)

Strikers: Mario Balotelli (Manchester City), Alberto Gilardino (Fiorentina), Giampaolo Pazzini (Sampdoria), Fabio Quagliarella (Juventus), Giuseppe Rossi (Villarreal)