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Experimentation should be expected in the forthcoming internationals, but don't expect Antonio Cassano to be involved. Change is likely to be most prevalent at the back...

Italy coach Marcello Lippi could be tempted to pick some new faces for the forthcoming friendly matches against the Netherlands and Sweden, which take place on November 14 and 18 respectively. Italia reports that the coach is likely to experiment in the build up to the World Cup by using the games as a testing ground for the 2010 tournament.

It is suggested that Lippi will call up 24-25 players for his squad. Many will be familiar faces, such as goalkeepers Gianluigi Buffon, Federico Marchetti and Morgan De Sanctis.

However, there could be changes in defence, with Inter's Davide Santon tipped to be demoted to the Under-21s.

There may be space for Palermo's Mattia Cassani and Fiorentina's Lorenzo De Silvestri. Livorno's Antonio Candreva is also in line for a surprise call up.

Sampdoria's Antonio Cassano is unlikely to be called, but club colleague Giampaolo Pazzini may get the nod and wink as Vincenzo Iaquinta's replacement. Pazzini hasn't played for Italy since June, when he featured in a 3-0 friendly win over Northern Ireland. He has shown great form this season at Marassi.

Lippi is expected at the San Siro on Tuesday night, where he will check up on Gianluca Zambrotta and Andrea Pirlo during Milan's Champions League clash with Real Madrid.

Salvatore Landolina,