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Monday June 6 2011
Italy name Ireland friendly line-up

The starting XI for Tuesday's Italy-Republic of Ireland friendly has been confirmed with Giuseppe Rossi and Giampaolo Pazzini in attack.

Unlike the one used in the 3-0 victory over Estonia, this system does have a recognised centre-forward and does not appear to include a trequartista.

Cesare Prandelli named his line-up in today's Press conference with numerous changes from Friday.

Only Giorgio Chiellini, Riccardo Montolivo, Claudio Marchisio, Andrea Pirlo and Rossi remain from the side that started against Estonia.

Antonio Nocerino played almost all of that game, replacing the injured Alberto Aquilani after 24 minutes.

Newcomers are Pazzini, Mattia Cassani, Alessandro Gamberini, Domenico Criscito and goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano.

Tuesday's friendly with the Republic of Ireland will be played on neutral turf in the Belgian city of Liege.

Italy: Viviano; Cassani, Gamberini, Chiellini, Criscito; Nocerino, Pirlo, Montolivo, Marchisio; Rossi, Pazzini

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