Mister Lippi promised a few surprises with his roster for Northern Ireland.
Eight players will make their Azzurri debut in Pisa on 06 June, and Rino Gattuso returns after a long layoff due to injury.
De Sanctis (Galatasaray), Marchetti (Cagliari)
Cassani (Palermo), Dossena (Liverpool), Gamberini (Fiorentina), Grosso (Olympique Lyonnais), Esposito (Lecce), Legrottaglie (Juventus), Santon (Internazionale)
Biagianti (Catania), Brighi (Roma), D’Agostino (Udinese), Galloppa (Siena), Gattuso (AC Milan), Montolivo (Fiorentina), Palombo (Sampdoria)
Foggia (Lazio), Mascara (Catania), Pazzini (Sampdoria), Pellissier (Chievo), Rossi (Villarreal).
Provisional Confederations Cup Roster (10 from the above list will be named later.)
Buffon (Juventus), Amelia (Palermo)
Cannavaro (Real Madrid), Chiellini (Juventus), Zambrotta (AC Milan)
Camoranesi (Juventus), De Rossi (Roma), Pepe (Udinese), Pirlo (AC Milan)
Gilardino (Fiorentina), Iaquinta (Juventus), Quagliarella (Udinese), Toni (Bayern Munich).
The Two Great Omissions
Once again, Mister Lippi has omitted two big names:
Alessandro Del Piero and Antonio Cassano
It appears that the stellar international career of Del Piero has come to an abrupt halt.
As for Cassano, the jewel of Bari Vecchia, it seems that only an act of God could restore him to good graces of Mister Lippi. Which is a shame, since in my opinion, he is the most talented and creative player in Italy. But Mister Lippi has won the World Cup, and we must respect his expertise to nurture a team to defend the title in South Africa next year.