Prandelli invites 28 for Nigeria

italy loadItaly coach Cesare Prandelli has included Marco Parolo and Domenico Criscito in the squad to face Germany and Nigeria in the upcoming friendly internationals. Prandelli named his 28-man list on Sunday evening.

The 2006 World Cup winners who have already already qualified for the World Cup, plays Germany on Friday in Milan before taking on Nigeria in London three days later.

Parma midfielder Parolo has had an excellent start to the season, with five goals, and could make his Italy debut at the age of 28. Criscito has not featured in an Italy squad since last year’s World Cup qualifiers against Armenia and Denmark.

Also included in the squad is Mario Balotelli, Giuseppe Rossi, Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo.

naijanloadMeanwhile, Nigeria’s coach, Stephen Keshi has a pool of 24 players he hopes to use to prosecute the World Cup qualifiers against Ethiopia and the international friendly.

Italy’s squad to face Nigeria:

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Federico Marchetti (Lazio), Salvatore Sirigu (PSG/FRA)

Defenders: Ignazio Abate (AC Milan), Federico Balzaretti ( AS Roma), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Christian Maggio (Napoli), Angelo Ogbonna (Juventus), Manuel Pasqual (Fiorentina), Andrea Ranocchia (Inter), Domenico Criscito (Zenit St Petersbourg/RUS)

Midfielders: Antonio Candreva (Lazio), Daniele De Rossi (AS Roma), Alessandro Diamanti (Bologna), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland/ENG), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Riccardo Montolivo (AC Milan), Thiago Motta (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Marco Parolo (Parma), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), Andrea Poli (AC Milan)

Strikers: Mario Balotelli (AC Milan), Alessio Cerci (Torino), Alberto Gilardino (Genoa), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Pablo Osvaldo (Southampton/ENG), Giuseppe Rossi (Fiorentina).

Adeyemi Adesanya

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