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Prandelli trims seven players from Italy squad

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:
Name Club
Gianluigi Buffon Juventus
Morgan De Sanctis Napoli
Salvatore Sirigu Paris Saint-Germain
Ignazio Abate AC Milan
Federico Balzaretti Palermo
Andrea Barzagli Juventus
Leonardo Bonucci Juventus
Giorgio Chiellini Juventus
Christian Maggio Napoli
Angelo Ogbonna Torino
Andrea Ranocchia Inter
Daniele De Rossi Roma
Alessandro Diamanti Bologna
Emanuele Giaccherini Juventus
Claudio Marchisio Juventus
Riccardo Montolivo Fiorentina
Thiago Motta Paris Saint-Germain
Antonio Nocerino AC Milan
Andrea Pirlo Juventus
Mario Balotelli Manchester City
Fabio Borini Roma
Antonio Cassano AC Milan
Mattia Destro Siena
Antonio Di Natale Udinese
Sebastian Giovinco Parma