Lippi welcomes back Buffon and Pirlo

Italy coach Marcelo Lippi has recalled Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and AC Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo to his squad for Tuesday's friendly against Brazil at London's Emirates Stadium. Both players missed Italy's last friendly match in Greece, a 1-1 draw in November, due to injury.

However, there has been no recall for veteran Juventus forward Alessandro Del Piero, despite fine form for his club this season and a remarkable success rate from direct free-kicks. Sampdoria's Antonio Cassano has also been over-looked despite his strong performances for his club this season. It will be the first time as player or coach that Lippi comes up against Brazil.


Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Marco Amelia (Palermo), Morgan De Sanctis (Galatasaray/TUR)

Defenders: Daniele Bonera (AC Milan), Fabio Cannavaro (Real Madrid/ESP), Andrea Dossena (Liverpool/ENG), Alessandro Gamberini (Fiorentina), Fabio Grosso (Lyon/FRA), Nicola Legrottaglie (Juventus), Gianluca Zambrotta (AC Milan)

Midfielders: Alberto Aquilani (AS Roma), Mauro Camoranesi (Juventus), Daniele De Rossi (AS Roma), Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina), Simone Pepe (Udinese), Simone Perrotta (AS Roma), Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan)

Forwards: Antonio Di Natale (Udinese), Alberto Gilardino (Fiorentina), Vincenzo Iaquinta (Juventus), Fabio Quagliarella (Udinese), Giuseppe Rossi (Villareal/ESP), Luca Toni (Bayern Munich/GER)