Trap announces Azzurri squad
By Steve Luckings
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Some of Italy's biggest clubs had criticised the timing of the friendly, fearing they would be deprived of several key players but the former Fiorentina coach has limited his selections to a maximum of three from each team.
There are three new inclusions in the Azzurri squad with Sampdoria pair Stefano Bettarini and Sergio Volpi, as well as Parma's Simone Barone all in line to win their first caps.
Samp capatain Volpi could not hide his satisfaction when hearing of his call-up: "I didn't expect this.
"Rumours were circulating frequently but I didn't believe in them. I wasn't hoping for a call-up."
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Francesco Toldo (Internazionale), Daniele Adani (Inter), Stefano Bettarini (Sampdoria), Matteo Ferrari (Parma), Nicola Legrottaglie (Juventus), Alessandro Nesta (Milan), Massimo Oddo (Lazio), Giuseppe Pancaro (Milan), Christian Panucci (Roma), Simone Barone (Parma), Antonio Di Natale (Empoli), Stefano Fiore (Lazio), Carlo Nervo (Bologna), Simone Perrotta (Chievo) Andrea Pirlo (Milan), Sergio Volpi (Sampdoria), Antonio Cassano (Roma), Francesco Totti (Roma), Bernardo Corradi (Lazio), Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus), Christian Vieri (Inter).