Monday May 23 2011
Balotelli and Pirlo back for Italy

Mario Balotelli and Andrea Pirlo have been recalled to the Italy squad for the games against Estonia and the Republic of Ireland.

The two players had been missing from Azzurri service for one reason or another in recent times, but they are among the 25 players picked by Cesare Prandelli.

Roma's Daniele De Rossi has again been omitted though, perhaps as punishment for his recent dismissal at Bari which saw him handed a three-match ban.

Italy play Estonia on June 3 in a Euro 2012 qualifier, before facing Giovanni Trapattoni's Republic side in a friendly on June 7.

Goalkeepers: Buffon (Juventus), Sirigu (Palermo), Viviano (Bologna)

Defenders: Astori (Cagliari), Balzaretti (Palermo), Cassani (Palermo), Chiellini (Juventus), Criscito (Genoa), Gamberini (Fiorentina), Maggio (Napoli), Ranocchia (Inter)

Midfielders: Aquilani (Juventus), Marchisio (Juventus), Montolivo (Fiorentina), Thiago Motta (Inter), Nocerino (Palermo), Palombo (Sampdoria), Pirlo (Milan)

Attackers: Balotelli (Manchester City), Cassano (Milan), Gilardino (Fiorentina), Giovinco (Parma), Matri (Juventus), Pazzini (Inter), Rossi (Villarreal)

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