Cesare Prandelli during the last Azzurri camp
Cesare Prandelli has released his roster for the first two Euro 2012 qualifiers against Estonia in Tallinn on 3 September and at home versus the Faroe Islands on 7 September 2010 from Florence. The Azzurri faced the Faroe Islands during Euro 2008 qualification.
Old Faces Return
Giampaolo Pazzini has been on scintillating form.
He scored three times against Werder Bremen in the
recent two-legged Champions League tie.
Andrea Pirlo returns to the mix along with Giampaolo Pazzini of Sampdoria and Fabio Quagliarella of Juventus.
Prandelli will give several players their debut in European qualification.
Portieri/Goalkeepers: Mirante (Parma ), Sirigu (Palermo), Viviano (Bologna).
Difensori/Defenders: Antonelli (Parma), Bonucci (Juventus), Bovo (Palermo), Cassani (Palermo), Chiellini (Juventus), De Silvestri (Fiorentina), Gastaldello (Sampdoria), Molinaro (VfB Stuttgart).
Centrocampisti/Midfielders: De Rossi (Roma), Lazzari (Cagliari), Marchisio-injured and sent home (Juventus), Luca Cigarini (Sevilla), Montolivo (Fiorentina), Palombo (Sampdoria), Pirlo (Milan).
Attaccanti/Strikers: Cassano-injured and will be evaluated (Sampdoria), Gilardino (Fiorentina), Pazzini (Sampdoria), Pepe (Juventus), Quagliarella (Juventus), Rossi (Villarreal).
Mario Balotelli in action against Cote d'Ivoire.
Out Due to Injury
Amauri of Juventus, Mario Balotelli of Manchester City, Gigi Buffon of Juventus, Domenico Criscito of Genoa, Vincenzo Iaquinta of Juventus and Claudio Marchetti of Cagliari.
Teams with the Most Representation
- Five players from Juventus were selected.
- Four players from Sampdoria were selected.
- Three players from Fiorentina were selected. (Prandelli was the former Viola manager.)
Comments by Cesare Prandelli
“Vogliamo arrivare preparati alle prossime gare, ci sono giocatori nuovi che spero possano avere una continuità. Ci sono dei punti in palio quindi nessun esperimento... Ora vedo il campionato da tifoso dei giocatori che ho convocato. Cerco di capire come stanno, come giocano. E li seguo con un po’ di preoccupazione come quando ho visto gli acciacchi che ad esempio hanno colpito i vari Marchisio, Pepe, Antonelli e De Silvestri. Cosa non mi manca? Tutte le varie polemiche del dopo partita”.
"We want to arrive prepared for the next games. There are new players but I hope they can have a continuity. There are points up for grabs therefore no experiments...Italian source courtesy of La Gazzetta dello Sport, 30 August 2010.
Now I see the Serie A as a fan of the players I have selected. I look to understand how they are doing and playing. I follow them with a little bit of worry such as when I saw the knocks for example that struck Marchisio, Pepe, Antonelli and De Silvestri (over the weekend.) What do I miss as a club manager? All of the various arguments after the games."
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