Gila returns to the Azzurri

Following Italy's 2-0 triumph over Georgia on Saturday evening, Donadoni decided to send home his starting 11 of that game and bring in new faces to give them a chance in playing for the Azzurri in the friendly game against South Africa.

The friendly on Wednesday will welcome the return of Gilardino, who has been brought back after his impressive performance against Lazio, the last time he featured for the Azzurri was in the friendly against Turkey which ended 1-1.

Iaquinta was also called back after he was sent home, for the tie against Georgia, with an injury and flu. But it looks like he will have to forfeit again as he doesn't seem to be recovering.

There are also a number of new faces that will wear the Azzurri shirt for the first time in their career. Fabio Cannavaro's brother, Paolo, will make his national debut after impressing with Napoli. Andrea Dossena is also one of the players that made the call-up and he is shocked with his inclusion in the squad.

Daniele De Rossi is being said to wear the Captain's armband for the first time in his national career, and it will be the a great honour for the Roma man.

20 players called up:

Goalkeepers: Amelia (Livorno), Curci (Roma).
Defenders: Zaccardo (Palermo) Mesto (Udinese), Bonera (Milan), Gamberini (Fiorentina), Paolo Cannavaro (Napoli), Chiellini (Juventus).
Midfielders: Dossena (Udinese), De Rossi (Roma), Palombo (Sampdoria), Nocerino (Juventus), Montolivo (Fiorentina), Semioli (Fiorentina), Foggia (Cagliari), Mauri (Lazio), Rosina (Torino).
Forwards: C. Lucarelli (Shaktar Donesk), Gilardino (Milan), Iaquinta (Juventus).


ginkers said…
I know it is feeble but I am delighted to see three Viola players in the squad. It can only be a good sign for the future!
Milanista said…
Ginkers there is nothing wrong with it. Even when Milan are filled with star players I still get excited to see them play for their naional tea.It is a good sign for the future no doubt. Fiorentina have some great young talent coming through and they are great to watch Let's hope we some of them in the near future

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