Cesare Prandelli (pictured above) released his roster for the 17 November friendly against Romania in Klagenfurt, Austria.
Prandelli is using this friendly to provide call-ups to several new players. Mario Balotelli returns after a two-match absence due to his knee injury. Davide Santon of Internazionale, who debuted under Marcello Lippi, received his first call-up during the Prandelli reign. Liverpool man, Alberto Aquilani, who is on loan at Juventus, returns to the Azzurri fold after a two-year absence.
Open Door Policy
Prandelli continues to embrace "oriundi," or naturalized Italians. Cristian Ledesma of Lazio is the most recent addition to this policy. He was born in Argentina. Amauri (out injured) and Giuseppe Rossi are other naturalized Italians in the current player pool. Rossi has been selected for every game managed by Prandelli.
Cassano Handed a Lifeline
Antonio Cassano, whose career has taken another step backward, was not selected. Sampdoria wants to cancel his contract, and the matter is under analysis with league officials. Prandelli has given Cassano a prominent role in the new Azzurri set-up, and no doubt his recent troubles have become a significant reminder of the volatile nature of the player.
"Ha messo in difficoltà anche il mio lavoro, Antonio, ma quando tornerà a giocare - alla Samp o da un'altra parte - sono pronto a richiamarlo. Sembrava che tutti i problemi fossero risolti, non so cosa sia successo. Come ho detto più volte, lui è uno di quei giovani che devono essere aiutati".
"Cassano also created problems for my work, but when he returns to play, at Sampdoria or elsewhere, I am ready to select him again. It seemed that all of his problems were resolved. I don't know what is happening. As I have said many times, he is one of the young players that have to be helped." --- Cesare PrandelliSource: La Gazzetta dello Sport, 15 Nov. 2010.
Mirante (Parma), Sirigu (Palermo), Viviano (Bologna)
Astori (Cagliari), Balzaretti (Palermo), Bonucci (Juventus), Cassani (Palermo), Criscito (Genoa), Gastaldello (Sampdoria), Ranocchia (Genoa), Santon (Inter)
Aquilani (Juventus), De Rossi (Roma), Diamanti (Brescia), Ledesma (Lazio), Marchisio (Juventus), Mauri (Lazio), Pirlo (Milan)
Balotelli (Manchester City), Gilardino (Fiorentina), Pazzini (Sampdoria), Quagliarella (Juventus), Rossi (Villarreal)
Roster courtesy of La Gazzetta dello Sport, 14 Nov. 2010.
Alberto Aquilani in action with Liverpool.
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