Italy Coach Marcello Lippi Hopes France Fail To Reach World Cup, Names Starting XI Against Holland

Lippi is hoping countrymen Trapattoni and Tardelli taste success in the World Cup qualifying play-offs. In addition, he has named his side to tackle the Netherlands at the weekend...

Italy coach Marcello Lippi is hoping France fail to qualify for the World Cup, claiming he will be supporting Ireland during the double-headed play-off tie.

Giovanni Trapattoni's men welcome the French to Croke Park on Saturday, and Lippi is hoping the Italian gives Raymond Domenech's side les Bleus.

"I will be supporting the Italians," Lippi told the press. "Look how many Italians are around... I have nothing against France, but I will be supporting my co-nationals with Ireland, who are Trapattoni and [Marco] Tardelli."

Lippi then turned his attention to La Nazionale's friendly match against the Netherlands, and he confirmed his starting XI to the press.

"Those who will play are Buffon, Zambrotta, Cannavaro, Chiellini, Grosso, Camoranesi, Pirlo, Palombo, Candreva, Gilardino and Palladino," added the coach.

This is the same XI that took part in the final training match at Villafranca this morning.

Salvatore Landolina,