De Rossi recalled by Italy for Spain friendly

ROME, Aug 4, 2011 (AFP) - Roma's Daniele De Rossi has been recalled to the Italy squad for next Wednesday's friendly against world and European champions Spain in Bari.

De Rossi had been barred from the previous two Italy squads on disciplinary grounds as Italy coach Cesare Prandelli implemented a strict new code of conduct.

The 28-year-old was omitted both times because he was serving a club suspension having been sent off for violent conduct.

Also called up is Napoli goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis due to an injury to Inter Milan's Emiliano Viviano.

Fiorentina striker Alberto Gilardino and Juventus forward Alessandro Matri have both been dropped.

Juve centre-back Leonardo Bonucci is preferred to Fiorentina's Alessandro Gamberini while Serie B Torino's full-back Angelo Ogbonna replaces Cagliari's Davide Astori.

Juventus, as ever, are the most represented side with five players while Antonio Cassano is the only player from Italian champions AC Milan.

Four players, including Manchester City's Mario Balotelli, ply their club trade outside Italy.


Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris St Germain/FRA), Morgan De Sanctis (Napoli)

Defenders: Federico Balzaretti and Mattia Cassani (Palermo), Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Domenico Criscito (Genoa), Christian Maggio (Napoli), Angelo Ogbonna (Torino), Andrea Ranocchia (Inter Milan)

Midfielders: Alberto Aquiliani (Liverpool/ENG), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Claudio Marchisio and Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina), Thiago Motta (Inter Milan), Antonio Nocerino (Palermo), Angelo Palombo (Sampdoria)

Forwards: Mario Balotelli (Manchester City/ENG), Antonio Cassano (AC Milan), Sebastian Giovinco (Parma), Giampaolo Pazzini (Inter Milan), Giuseppe Rossi (Villarreal/ESP)

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