NEWS
Saturday August 29 2015
Italy: Pirlo and Giovinco called

The Italy squad to face Bulgaria and Malta in Euro 2016 qualifiers includes Sebastian Giovinco, Andrea Pirlo and Stephan El Shaarawy.

The Azzurri play Malta at the Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence on September 3, then host Bulgaria at the Stadio Renzo Barbera in Palermo on September 6.

Of the players called up by Coach Antonio Conte, nine of them currently ply their trade outside of Italy.

Those include Major League Soccer stars Giovinco and Pirlo, Manchester United’s Matteo Darmian, El Shaarawy of Monaco and a recall for Zenit defender Domenico Criscito.

GK: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Daniele Padelli (Torino), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint Germain)

D: Francesco Acerbi (Sassuolo), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Domenico Criscito (Zenit), Matteo Darmian (Manchester United), Mattia De Sciglio (Milan), Manuel Pasqual (Fiorentina), Andrea Ranocchia (Inter)

M: Andrea Bertolacci (Milan), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Marco Parolo (Lazio), Andrea Pirlo (New York City FC), Roberto Soriano (Sampdoria), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain)

A: Antonio Candreva (Lazio), Eder (Sampdoria), El Shaarawy (Monaco), Gabbiadini (Napoli), Giovinco (Toronto), Immobile (Sevilla), Pellé (Southampton), Vazquez (Palermo), Zaza (Juventus)

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