Trio handed Azzurri call-ups

BY foxsports • March 1, 2010

Italy coach Marcello Lippi has named three uncapped players in his 23-man squad for Wednesday's friendly against Cameroon in Monte Carlo.

Palermo goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu, Bari defender Leonardo Bonucci and Cagliari midfielder Andrea Cossu have been given the chance to make their first appearance for the world champions.

AC Milan striker Marco Borriello returns to the national team after a long absence having last received a call-up in June 2008 while Daniele Bonera, Riccardo Montolivo and Cristian Maggio also return to the fold.

Lippi has been unable to call on the injured Gianluigi Buffon, Fabio Grosso, Gianluca Zambrotta, Vincenzo Iaquinta and Gaetano D'Agostino.

Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi and Juventus midfielder Antonio Candreva have been dropped from the squad with Lippi turning to in-form strikers Antonio Di Natale and Giampaolo Pazzini.

Udinese's Di Natale is Serie A's top scorer with 19 goals while Pazzini has hit 12 so far for Sampdoria.

Wednesday's game will be the first of three friendlies Italy play before this summer's World Cup.

Italy squad: Morgan De Sanctis (Napoli), Federico Marchetti (Cagliari), Salvatore Sirigu (Palermo); Daniele Bonera (Milan), Leonardo Bonucci (Bari), Nicola Legrottaglie (Juventus), Fabio Cannavaro (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Mattia Cassani (Palermo), Cristian Maggio (Napoli), Domenico Criscito (Genoa); Simone Pepe (Udinese), Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina), Angelo Palombo (Sampdoria), Andrea Pirlo (Milan), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Gennaro Gattuso (Milan), Andrea Cossu (Cagliari); Marco Borriello (Milan), Antonio Di Natale (Udinese), Giampaolo Pazzini (Sampdoria), Fabio Quagliarella (Napoli).

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