NEWS
Saturday May 12 2012
New faces in Italy's Euro 2012 list?

Cesare Prandelli will name his Italy squad for Euro 2012 on Sunday and could include Antonio Di Natale, Fabio Borini, Alessandro Diamanti and Mattia Destro.

The Coach is set to announce a long list of 30 men for fitness tests at the Coverciano training ground before presenting the final 23-man squad to UEFA on May 29.

Antonio Cassano, Mario Balotelli and Sebastian Giovinco are certain of their spots, while Udinese veteran Di Natale should also be included.

It is reported young faces like Roma hitman Borini, Bologna creative midfielder Diamanti and Siena striker Destro could be given a chance to show their worth.

Not included in this early training camp are the Juventus and Napoli players who will take part in the Coppa Italia Final on May 20, the Paris Saint-Germain (Salvatore Sirigu and Thiago Motta) and Torino (Angelo Ogbonna) figures who are yet to finish their club seasons.

Lazio goalkeeper Federico Marchetti had been hoping for a call, but his four-match ban for pushing the referee has wiped out any remaining chances.

In defence possible surprises could be Ignazio Abate of Milan, Mattia Cassani, Atalanta’s Federico Peluso and Palermo full-back Federico Balzaretti.

Inter’s Andrea Ranocchia is challenging Lorenzo Ariaudo, Davide Astori and Francesco Acerbi for his spot.

In midfield Diamanti and Juventus revelation Emanuele Giaccherini could be late additions, while Ezequiel Schelotto, Alberto Aquilani and Simone Pepe are also contenders.

Injuries to Giuseppe Rossi and poor form for Alberto Gilardino and Giampaolo Pazzini leave Prandelli with some doubts.

It is rumoured Borini, his Roma teammate Pablo Daniel Osvaldo, Juventus striker Alessandro Matri and Siena’s Destro are all within reach of a Euro 2012 place.

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