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Friday June 7 2013
Italy starting XI v Czech Rep

Cesare Prandelli has named the Italy side that will face the Czech Republic in Friday’s World Cup qualifier.

The Azzurri will take on the hosts in Prague with a starting XI that is almost entirely made up of Juventus and Milan players.

The Italian champions will provide six men, Milan four and Roma’s Daniele De Rossi will finish off the line-up.

Italy are expected to play with a 4-3-1-2 system. Giorgio Chiellini will be switched to left-back from his usual centre-back position.

Riccardo Montolivo will start as the Trequartista, although he is likely to rotate with his fellow midfielders during the game.

The Diavolo pairing of Stephan El Shaarawy and Mario Balotelli will lead the attack.

Italy: Buffon; Abate, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Pirlo; De Rossi, Marchisio; Montolivo; El Shaarawy, Balotelli.

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