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The Azzurri coach has announced a preliminary squad with several first-timers, with the final list to be unveiled in two weeks' time

Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli has named his provisional 31-man squad for Euro 2012.

AC Milan striker Antonio Cassano features in the list after spending most of the campaign on the sidelines recovering from surgery on a heart problem.

Rubin Kazan defender Salvatore Bocchetti and Udinese striker Antonio Di Natale are also on the roster despite not having been called up by Prandelli before.

Pescara's Marco Verratti, Bologna midfielder Alessandro Diamanti, Siena striker Mattia Destro, Juventus' Emanuele Giaccherini and Atalanta winger Ezequiel Schelotto could debut for the national team at senior level after being called up for the first time.

Prandelli will announce the final 23-man squad for Euro 2012 on May 29. Italy have been drawn with Spain, Republic of Ireland and Croatia for Poland and Ukraine.

Prior to the tournament, the Azzurri will play two friendly matches, against Luxembourg and Russia.

Below you can find the provisional squad in full:
 
Name Club
Goalkeepers:  
Gianluigi Buffon Juventus
Morgan De Sanctis Napoli
Salvatore Sirigu Paris Saint-Germain
Emiliano Viviano Palermo
Defenders:  
Ignazio Abate AC Milan
Davide Astori Cagliari
Federico Balzaretti Palermo
Andrea Barzagli Juventus
Salvatore Bocchetti Rubin Kazan
Leonardo Bonucci Juventus
Giorgio Chiellini Juventus
Domenico Criscito Zenit St Petersburg
Christian Maggio Napoli
Angelo Ogbonna Torino
Andrea Ranocchia Inter
Midfielders:  
Luca Cigarini Atalanta
Daniele De Rossi Roma
Alessandro Diamanti Bologna
Emanuele Giaccherini Juventus
Claudio Marchisio Juventus
Riccardo Montolivo Fiorentina
Thiago Motta Paris Saint-Germain
Antonio Nocerino AC Milan
Andrea Pirlo Juventus
Ezequiel Schelotto Atalanta
Marco Verratti Pescara
Attackers:  
Mario Balotelli Manchester City
Fabio Borini Roma
Antonio Cassano AC Milan
Mattia Destro Siena
Antonio Di Natale Udinese
Sebastian Giovinco Parma

 

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