I Will Call Antonio Cassano, Mario Balotelli & Amauri - Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli

Prandelli's new-look Italy is taking shape...
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has said he will frame his team around Sampdoria ace Antonio Cassano and Inter striker Mario Balotelli, with Amauri of Juventus also under consideration.

Prandelli is assembling his squad ahead of the Ivory Coast friendly on August 10 in London, and the squad is taking on a new look compared to Marcello Lippi's World Cup flops.

"I have spoken with Balotelli but I have not promised him anything. I will call players who play for their teams, it doesn't matter whether they are Italian or foreign," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"I am happy with Cassano's maturation. Playing a 4-2-3-1, Cassano and Balotelli can play together. Balotelli on the left with Cassano in the middle.

"There are 60 players who could be called, I will call 23 or 24, giving precedence to those who I know less and those that have played more.

Amauri has promised 20 goals and a fight for an Italy place this season, and Prandelli confirmed his scope is far-reaching, adding further hope for the Brazilian-born hitman.

"Amauri? The idea is this, but [Marco] Borriello is also there," he continued.

And Prandelli confirmed currently injured Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will be handed the captaincy.

"I phoned Buffon to see how he was. He will be our captain. I hope he comes to see us in September when we are in Florence," he said.

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