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Balotelli and El Shaarway headline Italy squad
Associated Press
2013-02-04 03:52 AM
New club teammates Mario Balotelli and Stephen El Shaarawy will lead Italy's attack in a friendly at the Netherlands next week.

Balotelli joined AC Milan in a transfer from Manchester City this week and scored on his debut back in Serie A Sunday. El Shaarawy has scored 15 goals for Milan this season.

Coach Cesare Prandelli also called up goalkeeper Federico Marchetti after a two-year absence, and Newcastle fullback Davide Santon also returned.

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci was kept out for disciplinary reasons, as he is serving a two-match ban in the Italian league for excessive protests.

The match is scheduled for Amsterdam on Wednesday.

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Italy:

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Morgan De Sanctis (Napoli), Federico Marchetti (Lazio), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint-Germain).

Defenders: Ignazio Abate (Milan), Davide Astori (Cagliari), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Daniele Gastaldello (Sampdoria), Federico Peluso (Juventus), Andrea Ranocchia (Inter Milan), Davide Santon (Newcastle).

Midfielders: Antonio Candreva (Lazio), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Alessandro Diamanti (Bologna), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Emanuele Giaccherini (Juventus), Riccardo Montolivo (AC Milan), Antonio Nocerino (AC Milan), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain).

Forwards: Mario Balotelli (AC Milan), Stephan El Shaarawy AC Milan), Alberto Gilardino (Bologna), Sebastian Giovinco (Juventus), Pablo Osvaldo (Roma).

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