Domenico Criscito, Emiliano Viviano, Davide Astori, Salvatore Bocchetti, Luca Cigarini, Ezequiel Schelotto and Marco Verratti have all failed to make the cut for Euro 2012.Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has cut seven players from his provisional squad for the European Championship ahead of Tuesday's friendly against Luxembourg.
It had been announced by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) on Monday that Zenit left back Domenico Criscito would not be traveling to Poland and Ukraine after his room had been searched by police as part of the investigation into the Scommessopoli match fixing scandal.
Prandelli subsequently confirmed Criscito's defensive colleagues Davide Astori and Salvatore Bocchetti had also been axed, though for football reasons.
Palermo goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano has also missed out, with Prandelli electing to pick Morgan De Sanctis and Salvatore Sirigu to provide cover for captain Gianluigi Buffon.
In midfield, Atalanta duo Luca Cigarini and Ezequiel Schelotto have both been cut, as has Pescara starlet Marco Verratti, whose inclusion in the provisional panel had been something of a surprise.
Prandelli has not dropped any strikers, seemingly increasing the likelihood that he will retain all six of the forwards he named in his original 32-man list when he announces his final squad on Tuesday.
Italy's 25-man squad in full:
|Morgan De Sanctis||Napoli|
|Salvatore Sirigu||Paris Saint-Germain|
|Ignazio Abate||AC Milan|
|Daniele De Rossi||Roma|
|Thiago Motta||Paris Saint-Germain|
|Antonio Nocerino||AC Milan|
|Mario Balotelli||Manchester City|
|Antonio Cassano||AC Milan|
|Antonio Di Natale||Udinese|