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.
|Salvatore Sirigu||Paris Saint-Germain|
|Daniele De Rossi||Roma|
|Thiago Motta||Paris Saint-Germain|
|Marco Verratti||Paris Saint-Germain|
|Stephan El Shaarawy||Milan|