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16 August 2008 @ 07:20 pm
Italy: Lippi calls Gila, cuts Cassano  
Italy: Lippi calls Gila, cuts Cassano
Saturday 16 August, 2008

Marcello Lippi has called Alberto Gilardino and Andrea Dossena for his first Italy friendly, but dropped Antonio Cassano.

The ‘new’ Coach announced the squad for his debut match on Wednesday against Austria, but there are very few changes to the group Roberto Donadoni took to Euro 2008.

Gilardino earns a recall after his fine form for Fiorentina, including a goal in this week’s 2-0 Champions League preliminary round win over Slavia Prague.

Dossena is a new introduction following his move to Liverpool, although he had one cap from a 2-0 friendly victory over South Africa in October 2007. That was his only previous senior international call.

Daniele Bonera, Marco Cassetti and Angelo Palombo return to the Azzurri fold. Luca Toni and Marco Materazzi are injured, while Lippi has said he'd like to test a few of the Olympic players in the future, above all Riccardo Montolivo.

The real surprise is the absence of Sampdoria starlet Cassano, who had been one of Italy’s best performers at the European Championship.

The squad will unite at the Coverciano training ground on Monday before heading out to the French city of Nice for the game.

Goalkeepers: Amelia (Palermo), Buffon (Juventus).

Defenders: Barzagli (Wolfsburg), Bonera (Milan), Cassetti (Roma), Chiellini (Juventus), Dossena (Liverpool), Grosso (Lyon), Zambrotta (Milan).

Midfielders: Aquilani (Roma), Camoranesi (Juventus), De Rossi (Roma), Gattuso (Milan), Palombo (Sampdoria), Perrotta (Roma), Pirlo (Milan).

Forwards: Del Piero (Juventus), Di Natale (Udinese), Gilardino (Fiorentina), Iaquinta (Juventus).