De Rossi recalled by Italy

Roma's Daniele De Rossi has been recalled to the Italy squad for next Wednesday's friendly against 2010 FIFA World Cup™ 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, while Fiorentina striker Alberto Gilardino and Juventus forward Alessandro Matri have both been dropped.

Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci has been selected over Fiorentina's Alessandro Gamberini, while Serie B Torino's full-back Angelo Ogbonna has replaced Cagliari's Davide Astori.

Juventus are the most represented club 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/ITA), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Morgan De Sanctis (Napoli/ITA)

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

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

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