Italy to field second string side


Donadoni, who coached Italy to a 2-0 win over Georgia in a Euro 2008 qualifier in Genoa on Saturday, decided not to risk his key players ahead of next month’s crunch qualifier at Group B leaders Scotland.

Instead, he has filled his squad for the match against Bafana Bafana in Sienna full of fringe players, including Paolo Cannavaro (pictured), brother of World Cup-winning captain Fabio, who has received his first call-up.

Napoli defender Cannavaro (26), joins AC Milan forward Alberto Gilardino in the squad while Juventus striker Vincenzo Iaquinta is included after missing the Georgia game with a fever. Alessandro Del Piero and Filippo Inzaghi have again been left out.

Italy are second in their qualifying group one point behind Scotland and just a point ahead of France with two games remaining. Only the top two go through to the finals.

  • Goalkeepers: Marco Amelia (Livorno), Gianluca Curci (AS Roma)

  • Defenders: Cristian Zaccardo (Palermo), Giandomenico Mesto (Udinese), Daniele Bonera (AC Milan), Alessandro Gamberini (Fiorentina), Paolo Cannavaro (Napoli), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)

  • Midfielders: Andrea Dossena (Udinese), Daniele De Rossi (AS Roma), Angelo Palombo (Sampdoria), Antonio Nocerino (Juventus), Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina), Franco Semioli (Fiorentina), Pasquale Foggia (Cagliari), Stefano Mauri (Lazio)

  • Strikers: Alessandro Rosina (Torino), Cristiano Lucarelli (Shakhtar Donetsk), Alberto Gilardino (AC Milan), Vincenzo Iaquinta (Juventus)