Buffon back in Italy squad
Buffon has not played for his country since a herniated disc in his back forced him out of Italy's first match at the FIFA World Cup™ last June. But having made his injury return in January for Juve, he has earned an immediate call-up to coach Cesare Prandelli's squad.
The major surprise was a first selection for Inter Milan's Brazilian-born midfielder Thiago Motta who has long been a naturalised Italian. He is one of three Inter players in the squad alongside transfer window signings Giampaolo Pazzini and Andrea Ranocchia.
Antonio Cassano also received his first call-up since his move to AC Milan having missed out on Italy's last friendly in November as he was suspended by his then club Sampdoria.
The only foreign-based player is Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi. Alessandro Matri is in the squad after scoring two goals for Juventus on Saturday less than a week after making a move from Cagliari.
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Salvatore Sirigu (Palermo), Emiliano Viviano (Bologna)
Defenders: Davide Astori (Cagliari), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Mattia Cassani (Palermo), Domenico Criscito (Genoa), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Christian Maggio (Napoli), Andrea Ranocchia (Inter Milan)
Midfielder: Alberto Aquilani (Juventus), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Sebastian Giovinco (Parma), Stefano Mauri (Lazio), Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina), Thiago Motta (Inter Milan), Antonio Nocerino (Palermo), Angelo Palombo (Sampdoria)
Forwards: Marco Borriello (Roma), Antonio Cassano (Milan), Alessandro Matri (Juventus), Giampaolo Pazzini (Inter Milan), Giuseppe Rossi (Villarreal/ESP)