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Monday March 28 2011
Italy XI named for Ukraine friendly

Italy have made seven changes ahead of Tuesday's friendly against Ukraine in Kiev, but the 4-3-1-2 formation remains.

Bologna goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano replaces Gigi Buffon between the sticks.

Genoa's Domenico Criscito steps in for Federico Balzaretti at full-back while Sampdoria's Daniele Gastaldello partners Giorgio Chiellini in the centre of defence.

Palermo's Antonio Nocerino gets a start in midfield alongside Juventus' Claudio Marchisio, while Riccardo Montolivo keeps his place.

Alberto Aquilani has been moved further forward and will play in the hole behind a new strike partnership comprised of Villarreal's Giuseppe Rossi and Fiorentina's Alberto Gilardino.

Italy have a good record against Ukraine. They have won five and drawn one of their six meetings.

Probable Italy XI v Ukraine: Viviano; Maggio, Gastaldello, Chiellini, Criscito; Marchisio, Nocerino, Montolivo; Aquilani; Rossi, Gilardino

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