Prandelli names six strikers for qualifiers

The Azzurri coach marks his attacking intent for their upcoming fixtures while there are also call ups for Thiago Motta and Manolo Gabbiadini
Cesare Prandelli has named six forwards in the Italy squad for their upcoming World Cup Qualifiers against Bulgaria and Czech Republic.

Strikers Mario Balotelli and Southampton new boy Dani Osvaldo are both suspended for the first match against Bulgaria but the Azzurri coach has decided to include the pair in his side, along with Riccardo Montolivo, who will also miss the match in Palermo.

The 21-year-old Manolo Gabbiadini earns his first call up since making his debut last year against England in Bern, while there is also a return to the squad for Paris Saint-Germain’s Thiago Motta, who has not pulled on the blue jersey since Italy’s Euro 2012 final defeat to Spain.

At the back, Prandelli has named three defenders from Antonio Conte’s Juventus side, including Andrea Barzagli, despite questions over his recent form.

The Euro 2012 finalists currently four points clear at the top of Group B and will take on Bulgaria in Palermo on September 6 before playing at Juventus Stadium for the first time when they take on Czech Republic four days later.

Name Club
Gianluigi Buffon Juventus
Federico Marchetti Lazio
Salvatore Sirigu Paris Saint-Germain
Ignazio Abate Bayern
Luca Antonelli Genoa
Davide Astori Cagliari
Andrea Barzagli Juventus
Leonardo Bonucci Juventus
Giorgio Chiellini Juventus
Christian Maggio Napoli
Andrea Ranocchia Inter
Alberto Aquilani Fiorentina
Antonio Candreva Lazio
Alessio Cerci Torino
Daniele De Rossi Roma
Alessandro Diamanti Bologna
Alessandro Florenzi Roma
Emanuele Giaccherini Sunderland
Riccardo Montolivo Milan
Thiago Motta Paris Saint-Germain
Andrea Pirlo Juventus
Marco Verratti Paris Saint-Germain
Mario Balotelli  Milan
Stephan El Shaarawy Milan
Manolo Gabbiadini Sampdoria
Alberto Gilardino Bologna
Lorenzo Insigne Napoli
Pablo Osvaldo Southampton