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Italy coach Marcello Lippi has called up eight uncapped players for Saturday’s friendly against Northern Ireland.

Defenders Fabio Grosso and Nicola Legrottaglie are the only men whose caps are into double figures, still, looking at Lippi’s choices and anyone knowledgeable of Serie A this season, will know the squad sent to Northern Ireland is an extremely hard nut to crack. Giampaolo Pazzini is once again called up and has been a utter scoring machine with a goal per game since January for his new club Sampdoria. Brighi, DD’Agostino, Montolivoo and Mascara are coming off very good seasons with their clubs and young Giuseppe Rossi is on the scoring charts with 12 goals in 29 games for Villarreal in La Liga.

Azzurrii squad: Goalkeepers: Morgan DSanctisisGalatasarayay), FedericMarchettitiCagliariri).

DefendersMattiaiCassanini (Palermo), AndreDossenana (Liverpool), AlessandrGamberininiFiorentinana), FabiGrossosoOlympiqueue Lyon), AndreEspositotoLeccece), NicolLegrottaglieieJuventusus), DavidSantonon (Inter).

Midfielders: MarcBiagiantitiCataniaia), MatteBrighihi (Roma)Gaetanono AgostinonoUdinesese), DaniellGalloppapa (Siena), Rino Gattuso (Milan), Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina), Angelo Palombo (Sampdoria).

Strikers: Pasquale Foggia (Lazio), Giuseppe Mascara (Catania), Giampaolo Pazzini (Sampdoria), Sergio Pellissier (Chievo), Giuseppe Rossi (Villarreal).

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