Image of Marcello Lippi courtesy of Paul Blank
Davide Santon, the 18 year old prodigy of Internazionale, is the only new name in the 23 man squad that will face the USA, Egypt, and Brasil beginning on 15 June in Pretoria, South Africa.
Provisional Squad to Face Northern Ireland in Pisa
Mister Lippi plans to field a very different team for the friendly with Northern Ireland on Saturday evening at 2040 local time. Northern Ireland current sits atop the UEFA Group 3 World Cup qualification table.
Juventus Leads the Way
- Six Juventus players were named for this squad. That is the most in recent memory.
- From the World Cup winning team of 2006, twelve players remain in this side.
Marco Amelia (Palermo), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Morgan De Sanctis (Galatasaray).
Fabio Cannavaro (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Andrea Dossena (Liverpool), Antonio Gamberini (Fiorentina), Fabio Grosso (Lyon), Nicola Legrottaglie (Juventus), Davide Santon (Inter), Gianluca Zambrotta (Milan).
Mauro Camoranesi (Juventus), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Rino Gattuso (Milan), Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina), Angelo Palombo (Sampdoria), Andrea Pirlo (Milan).
Alberto Gilardino (Fiorentina), Vincenzo Iaquinta (Juventus), Simone Pepe (Udinese), Fabio Quagliarella (Napoli), Giuseppe Rossi (Villarreal), Luca Toni (Bayern Munich).
Roster courtesy of La Gazzetta dello Sport, 4 June 2009.
Cannavaro Chases History
Image courtesy of Wikipedia.
Baring injury, Fabio Cannavaro will equal the Italian caps record of Paolo Maldini (126) against the USA, and set the record against Egypt. He has just re-signed with Juventus after a three year spell with Real Madrid.