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Prandelli names eight uncapped players for England friendly

The 54-year-old has named a host of new faces in his list for the clash against the Three Lions, as the Azzurri look to build for the future

Italy has named eight uncapped players in their 23-man squad to face England on Wednesday night.

Cesare Prandelli has omitted all Juventus and Napoli players as a result of their Supercoppa Italiana commitments, as he looks to give experience to some of the fringe and younger players in the Azzurri set-up.

Pescara goalkeeper Mattia Perin is among the new faces in the national side, along with 28 year-old Atalanta defender Federico Peluso.

Wing back Mattia De Sciglio has also been called up and he is joined by AC Milan teammates Francesco Aberci and Stephan El Shaarawy.

Midfielder Andrea Poli will be keen to impress in the absence of Andrea Pirlo, while winger Ezequiel Schelotto has been rewarded with international honours, along with forward pair Mattia Destro and Manolo Gabbiadini.

Antonio Cassano is a surprise exclusion from the Azzurri line-up as Italy look to put their Euro 2012 final defeat to Spain behind them.

Name Club
Goalkeepers:  
Andrea Consigli Atalanta
Mattia Perin Pescara
Salvatore Sirigu Paris Saint-Germain
Defenders:  
Ignazio Abate AC Milan
Francesco Acerbi AC Milan
Davide Astori Cagliari
Federico Balzaretti Roma
Mattia De Sciglio AC Milan
Daniele Gastaldello Sampdoria
Angelo Obinze Ogbonna Torino
Federico Peluso
Atalanta
Midfielders  
Alberto Aquilani Fiorentina
Daniele De Rossi AS Roma
Alessandro Diamanti Bologna
Antonio Nocerino AC Milan
Andrea Poli Sampdoria
Ezequiel Schelotto Atalanta
Marco Verratti Paris Saint-Germain
Attackers  
Mario Balotelli Manchester City
Mattia Destro Roma
Stephan El Shaarawy AC Milan
Manolo Gabbiadini Atalanta

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