Italy Coach Lippi Tests Santon In Training Ahead Of Egypt Match - Report

The Azzurri boss looks set to make a few changes against their next opponents, who impressed despite losing to Brazil...
Italy could have a new look defence for their second match in the Confederations Cup against Egypt on Thursday.

Against the United States, the Azzurri lined up a back four of Gianluca Zambrotta, Nicola Legrottaglie, Giorgio Chiellini, and Fabio Grosso, but two of those defenders may be dropped ahead of the clash with the African side.

Legrottaglie is certain to make way for captain Fabio Cannavaro, who has recovered from injury. Meanwhile, the right-back spot could be given to starlet Davide Santon, after Zambrotta disappointed in the opener against the United States, according to the Corriere dello Sport.

In fact, that is the line-up that coach Marcello Lippi used in training on Wednesday, with Santon and Cannavaro alongside Chiellini and Grosso.

Gennaro Gattuso, Andrea Pirlo, and Daniele De Rossi will continue to feature in midfield, but the tactician did not reveal his cards up front.

With the rest of the 'first team' he used recent hero Giuseppe Rossi, Luca Toni, and Fabio Quagliarella. Meanwhile, on the other side he had Alberto Gilardino, Vincenzo Iaquinta, and Mauro Camoranesi.

Italy and Egypt kick-off at 20:30 CET tomorrow in Johannesburg.

Adam Scime, Goal.com