NEWS
Wednesday August 10 2011
Line-ups: Cassano captain with Spain

Antonio Cassano and Giuseppe Rossi lead Italy out against world champions Spain in tonight's exciting friendly.

Cassano will be playing in front of his hometown crowd at the Stadio San Nicola in Bari, kick-off 19.45 UK time, and has been handed the captain's armband for this occasion.

If you want to follow the action, we'll be live-tweeting the game on @footballitalia .

Riccardo Montolivo should play in a more advanced trequartista role than he is accustomed to at Fiorentina.

Daniele De Rossi returns after he was dropped due to disciplinary problems, strengthening the midfield with Andrea Pirlo and Brazil-born Thiago Motta.

Spain also have a native Brazilian in their squad, as Thiago Alcantara has opted to play for his adopted country after starring for Barcelona.

David Silva leads the 4-3-3 formation with Pedro and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, but Sergio Ramos had to pull out of this match due to injury.

The two squads will walk out on to the pitch with a group of children from Fukushima and Chernobyl, both areas affected by nuclear disasters.

There will also be a minute's silence before kick-off to mark the death of former Milan and Italy goalkeeper Andrea Pazzagli.

Italy and Spain have crossed paths 28 times with nine Azzurri victories, 11 draws and eight wins for the Spaniards.

Italy: 1 Buffon, 11 Maggio, 15 Ranocchia, 3 Chiellini, 4 Criscito; 5 De Rossi, 21 Pirlo, 6 Thiago Motta; 18 Montolivo; 10 Cassano, 22 Rossi

Spain: 1 Casillas, 2 Iraola, 4 Piquè, 3 Albiol, 17 Arbeloa; 4 Javi Martinez, 6 Iniesta, 14 Xabi Alonso; 20 Cazorla, 9 Torres, 21 Silva

Ref: Brych (Ger)

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