Lippi names three new faces in squad

BY foxsports • February 28, 2010

Italy coach Marcello Lippi named three new faces in his 23 man squad for Wednesday's friendly match against Cameroon in Monaco.

Palermo goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu, Bari defender Leonardo Bonucci and Cagliari midfielder Andrea Cossu were all included in the Italy squad for the first time on Sunday.

Serie A's leading scorer Antonio Di Natale, who has hit 19 goals in the league so far, is one of four strikers in the squad, along with AC Milan's Marco Borriello, Sampdoria's Giampaolo Pazzini and Napoli's Fabio Quagliarella.

Sirigu will compete with Federico Marchetti and Morgan De Sanctis for the vacant goalkeeper's jersey after first-choice 'keeper Gianluigi Buffon was ruled out of the game with a thigh injury.

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Squad:

Goalkeepers: Morgan De Sanctis (Napoli), Federico Marchetti (Cagliari), Salvatore Sirigu (Palermo).

Defenders: Daniele Bonera (AC Milan), Leonardo Bonucci (Bari), Fabio Cannavaro, Giorgio Chiellini, Nicola Legrottaglie (Juventus), Mattia Cassani (Palermo), Domenico Criscito (Genoa), Christian Maggio (Napoli).

Midfielders: Andrea Cossu (Cagliari), Daniele De Rossi (AS Roma), Gennaro Gattuso (AC Milan), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina), Angelo Palombo (Sampdoria), Simone Pepe (Udinese), Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan).

Strikers: Marco Borriello (AC Milan), Antonio Di Natale (Udinese), Giampaolo Pazzini (Sampdoria), Fabio Quagliarella (Napoli).


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