Debutant Marco Parolo will not even be on the bench tonight, as Italy released squad numbers for the game with Slovenia.
UEFA have a limit of 23 shirt numbers per official match, so Coach Cesare Prandelli had to cut Cesena man Parolo from his side for the Euro 2012 qualifier.
Thiago Motta takes over the number 5 that is usually worn by Daniele De Rossi, here frozen out after breaking the code of ethics with a ban for violent conduct at Roma.
Giampaolo Pazzini keeps the same number 7 jersey that has brought him luck at Inter since his January move, leaving the 9 to Alessandro Matri.
Italy squad: 1 Buffon, 2 Maggio, 3 Chiellini, 4 Criscito, 5 Thiago Motta, 6 Mauri, 7 Pazzini, 8 Marchisio, 9 Matri, 10 Cassano, 11 Gilardino, 12 Sirigu, 13 Astori, 14 Aquilani, 15 Gastaldello, 16 Balzaretti, 17 Viviano, 18 Montolivo, 19 Bonucci, 20 Santon, 21 Giovinco, 22 Rossi, 23 Nocerino