Del boy back for Italy
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Italy coach Roberto Donadoni has recalled Alessandro Del Piero to his squad.
Italy coach Roberto Donadoni has recalled Alessandro Del Piero to his squad for next week's Euro 2008 qualifiers.
However, there is no place for Real Madrid forward Antonio Cassano and Milan striker Alberto Gilardino.
Gilardino has endured a frustrating start to the season and is still looking for his first goal for Milan this term.
Cassano has struggled to hold down a regular place in the Real side this season and Donadoni has opted to leave out the former Roma man for the games with Ukraine and Georgia.
Juventus ace Del Piero is named in the squad for the first time since the World Cup final.
Marco Materazzi also returns to the fold after he missed the opening two qualifiers against Lithuania and France through suspension.
Luca Toni, Mauro German Camoranesi and Vincenzo Iaquinta all return after recovering from injury.
Fabio Grosso and Stefano Mauri are doubtful after picking up knocks over the weekend.
Christian Abbiati (Torino), Marco Amelia (Livorno), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus); Andrea Barzagli (Palermo), Cristian Zaccardo (Palermo), Fabio Cannavaro (Real Madrid), Fabio Grosso (Internazionale), Marco Materazzi (Internazionale), Alessandro Nesta (Milan), Massimo Oddo (Lazio), Manuel Pasqual (Fiorentina), Gianluca Zambrotta (Barcelona); Mauro Camoranesi (Juventus), Gennaro Delvecchio (Sampdoria), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Simone Perrotta (Roma), Gennaro Gattuso (Milan), Andrea Pirlo (Milan), Stefano Mauri (Lazio); Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus), David Di Michele (Palermo), Antonio Di Natale (Udinese), Vincenzo Iaquinta (Udinese), Filippo Inzaghi (Milan), Luca Toni (Fiorentina).