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With Cesare Prandelli set to name his final selection for the finals in Poland and Ukraine, we asked a trio of experts to choose their preferred candidates for the trip

With time running out before nine members of Italy's 32-man training squad is reduced to a final 23, many players will be currently worrying about their prospects of playing at Euro 2012. While a fair proportion can be reasonably confident that they will be chosen by Cesare Prandelli to travel to Poland for the group stage of next month's finals, around half of the assembled men will still be fretting over the coach's announcement of his final selection.

But which 23 will be going to Poland and which nine will be staying behind? And what will the coach be looking for that will determine who to leave behind? How many of the six strikers currently in the squad will he take with him? Who will miss out from the defenders?

Goal.com's team of editors have assessed the 32-man pool and put themselves in Prandelli's shoes to choose their final squads. Have your say in the comments section, and select your Italy squad.

MARK DOYLE | Goal.com International Italy Expert
GOALKEEPERS (3)
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)
Emiliano Viviano (Palermo)
Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint-Germain)
DEFENDERS (7)
Ignazio Abate (Milan)
Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus)
Domenico Criscito (Zenit St Petersburg)
Angelo Ogbonna (Torino)
Andrea Barzagli (Juventus)
Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)
Christian Maggio (Napoli)
MIDFIELDERS (7)
Daniele De Rossi (Roma)
Claudio Marchisio (Juventus)
Thiago Motta (Paris Saint-Germain)
Andrea Pirlo (Juventus)
Alessandro Diamanti (Bologna)
Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina)
Antonio Nocerino (Milan)
FORWARDS (6)
Mario Balotelli (Manchester City)
Antonio Cassano (Milan)
Antonio Di Natale (Udinese)
Fabio Borini (Roma)
Mattia Destro (Siena)
Sebastian Giovinco (Parma)

Starting at the back, Morgan De Sanctis should be the goalkeeper to make way given he is 35 now and does not represent a better option than either Salvatore Sirigu or Emiliano Viviano as Gianluigi Buffon’s understudy.

Given the versatility of Giorgio Chiellini and Angelo Ogbonna, I have opted for just one specialist left-back in Domenico Criscito and just a total of four centre-halves. The midfield pretty much picks itself apart from Alessandro Diamanti, who I have selected for two reasons: he can play in the hole; and there really is no point in selecting any wingers given the ones available to Prandelli are of such a poor quality.

Up front, I have all six forwards given Mattia Destro has been so impressive in training and Fabio Borini showed he has the makings of a great impact sub in the friendly defeat by the USA. One can never have too many striking options.


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CARLO GARGANESE | Goal.com International Deputy Editor
GOALKEEPERS (3)
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)
Emiliano Viviano (Palermo)
Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint-Germain)
DEFENDERS (8)
Ignazio Abate (Milan)
Salvatore Bocchetti (Rubin Kazan)
Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)
Christian Maggio (Napoli)
Andrea Barzagli (Juventus)
Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus)
Domenico Criscito (Zenit St Petersburg)
Angelo Ogbonna (Torino)
MIDFIELDERS (7)
Daniele De Rossi (Roma)
Emanuele Giaccherini (Juventus)
Thiago Motta (Paris Saint-Germain)
Andrea Pirlo (Juventus)
Alessandro Diamanti (Bologna)
Claudio Marchisio (Juventus)
Antonio Nocerino (Milan)
FORWARDS (5)
Mario Balotelli (Manchester City)
Mattia Destro (Siena)
Sebastian Giovinco (Parma)
Antonio Cassano (Milan)
Antonio Di Natale (Udinese)

In goal I have decided to axe De Sanctis, who has endured an error-ridden individual season. I am a strong believer that you must always take eight defenders to a Euros or World Cup. The two right backs and the Juventus trio pick themselves. Bocchetti gets my nod as reserve left back as he has been excellent for Rubin whereas Balzaretti is sometimes too impulsive. I wouldn't select Ranocchia if he was up against my two grandmas, so Ogbonna wins my vote as fourth centre half as he can also play at left back.

The first five of my midfield are no-brainers, leaving just two choices up for debate. Giaccherini is an absolute must because he is the only midfielder Italy have with the pace, skill and enterprise to link the front two departments. I would also select Diamanti as he is unpredictable, and could be a surprise from the bench. Montolivo is too flaky. In attack, I have opted for Destro ahead of Borini, purely based on recent form.

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KRIS VOAKES | Goal.com International Italian Football Editor
GOALKEEPERS (3)
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)
Emiliano Viviano (Palermo)
Morgan De Sanctis (Napoli)
DEFENDERS (8)
Ignazio Abate (Milan)
Andrea Barzagli (Juventus)
Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)
Christian Maggio (Napoli)
Federico Balzaretti (Palermo)
Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus)
Domenico Criscito (Zenit St Petersburg)
Angelo Ogbonna (Torino)
MIDFIELDERS (7)
Daniele De Rossi (Roma)
Emanuele Giaccherini (Juventus)
Thiago Motta (Paris Saint-Germain)
Andrea Pirlo (Juventus)
Alessandro Diamanti (Bologna)
Claudio Marchisio (Juventus)
Antonio Nocerino (Milan)
FORWARDS (5)
Mario Balotelli (Manchester City)
Antonio Cassano (Milan)
Sebastian Giovinco (Parma)
Fabio Borini (Roma)
Antonio Di Natale (Udinese)

I really was in two minds when choosing my goalkeepers, but eventually went for De Sanctis ahead of Sirigu on a whim. He's older and less convincing on crosses than Sirigu, but I have him just ahead of the PSG keeper at this time.

At the back, I think it's important to have cover in all four slots. Abate and Maggio double up, as do Criscito and Balzaretti, while there are also two left and two right-sided centre-backs in my squad. I give no compensation for Chiellini and Ogbonna as potential cover at left-back because they must be kept in their best positions where possible in a major finals tournament.

The midfield really picks itself, with Diamanti and Giaccherini the type of players Italy don't have a lot of. They're more unpredictable than most of the options available, and Montolivo's form for Fiorentina has been poor for far too long. Up top, Destro's form has been good, but Borini gets my last spot thanks to his mature, disciplined performances in 2011-12 and that excellent showing against the USA in February.

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