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Tuesday November 16 2010
Prandelli gives four debuts

It's now confirmed that four players will make their full international debuts for Italy against Romania in Klagenfurt on Wednesday evening.

As reported earlier today, Cesare Prandelli has experimented with a number of new faces in his final training session and they will start.

Lazio's Argentina-born Cristian Ledesma will make his bow, alongside Alberto Aquilani who returns to the fold after an injury-plagued couple of years.

They will play behind Brescia's Alessandro Diamanti who will receive his first cap playing in the hole behind Mario Balotelli and Giuseppe Rossi.

The two other debutantes Genoa centre-back Andrea Ranocchia and Palermo full-back Federico Balzaretti will also wear blue for the first time at full international level.

Speaking to Rai, Prandelli said: "I want quality and fantasy from my side against Romania. I'd rather concede four or five counter-attacks than be timid going forward.

"I want answers from Rossi and Balotelli. I want to play with two movement-based strikers without a real centre-forward.

"I am expecting to see the same Balotelli that I saw in England 10 days ago. I am convinced he will do well."

Italy XI: Viviano; Santon, Ranocchia, Bonucci, Balzaretti; Mauri, Ledesma, Aquilani; Diamanti; Balotelli, Rossi

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