Prandelli announces Italy squad for France friendly
There has been one change to the original list as Domenico Criscito was not able to respond to the call-up after an injury sustained with Zenit St Petersburg.
In his place, Prandelli has called-up Atalanta defender Federico Peluso.
Daniele De Rossi has been dropped from the squad because of the red card he received in Roma’s 3-2 loss to rivals Lazio on Sunday. Prandelli is known for having a strict code of ethics regarding players who are sent off or because of violent conduct.
Stephan El Shaarawy has received another call-up, demonstrating that the young AC Milan star is making a definite step-up from the Under-21 team.
Roma midfielder Alessandro Florenzi is another player who has shown that he has what it takes to make the jump from Under-21 competition to the senior team, and along with him comes Newcastle United defender Davide Santon.
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Morgan De Sanctis (Napoli), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris St. Germain), Emiliano Viviano (Fiorentina);
Defenders: Davide Astori (Cagliari), Federico Balzaretti (Roma), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Christian Maggio (Napoli), Federico Peluso (Atalanta), Davide Santon (Newcastle);
Midfielders: Antonio Candreva (Lazio), Alessandro Diamanti (Bologna), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Emanuele Giaccherini (Juventus), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Riccardo Montolivo (Milan), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), Marco Verratti (Paris St. Germain);
Forwards: Mario Balotelli (Manchester City), Mattia Destro (Roma), Stephan El Shaarawy (Milan), Sebastian Giovinco (Juventus), Pablo Daniel Osvaldo (Roma).
The venue for Wednesday’s match is the Stadio Tardini in Parma.