Friday August 10 2012
Prandelli to face England with youth

Reports indicate that Cesare Prandelli will include several young players in his Italy squad for next week’s friendly with England.

The European Championship runners-up are back in action next Wednesday with a friendly against Roy Hodgson’s men in Bern, Switzerland.

Whilst he has yet to name his squad, there is speculation that Prandelli will be calling up a number of new faces for a trial.

Stephan El Shaarawy, Marco Verratti, Mattia Destro, Fabio Borini and Manolo Gabbiadini are all speculated as being included in the Azzurri’s selection.

Next week’s meeting with England is a repeat of this summer’s quarter-final clash between the two nations at Euro 2012, which the Azzurri won on penalties after a 120-minute stalemate.