NEWS
Wednesday February 6 2013
Line-ups: Holland-Italy

Italy have Stephan El Shaarawy, Mario Balotelli and Antonio Candreva leading tonight’s friendly against Holland.

Cesare Prandelli named his starting XI on Tuesday, but left a question mark over whether Candreva or Alessandro Diamanti would take the wide role in the 4-3-3 system.

Lazio man Candreva got the nod to partner new Milan teammates Balotelli and El Shaarawy.

Davide Astori steps in for the injured Giorgio Chiellini and Davide Santon returns, while Daniele De Rossi starts despite his lack of playing time at Roma.

The Azzurri are trying to avoid a record sixth consecutive friendly defeat. Kick-off in Amsterdam is at 19.30 GMT.

Louis Van Gaal has picked a young side and brought in Arjen Robben after Klaas-Jan Huntelaar pulled out with an injury.

Manchester United star Robin Van Persie is the big star in the line-up, though Kevin Strootman is also one to watch.

Holland: Krul; Janmaat, De Vrijm, Martins Indi, Blind; Strootman, Maher, Clasie; Lens, Van Persie, Ola John

Holland bench: Vermeer, Mathijsen, Vlaar, Van Rhijn, Van Ginkel, Guzman, Robben, Kuyt, Vorm

Italy: Buffon; Abate, Barzagli, Astori, Santon; De Rossi, Pirlo, Montolivo; Candreva, Balotelli, El Shaarawy

Italy bench: De Sanctis, Peluso, Ranocchia, Gastaldello, Nocerino, Verratti, Florenzi, Giaccherini, Diamanti, Osvaldo, Gilardino, Sirigu, Marchetti

Ref: Cakir (TUR)

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