Italy have dropped Daniele De Rossi after he punched Stefano Mauri
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has dropped Daniele De Rossi from his squad to face France after he was sent off on Sunday.
Last Updated: 11/11/12 9:04pm
The 29-year-old was sent off for punching Lazio captain Stefano Mauri in Sunday's Roman derby, a game Lazio won 3-2, with Prandelli applying his strict code of ethics by omitting De Rossi from his 25-man selection.
Prandelli has confirmed he will not include players dismissed for violent conduct or dissent, so De Rossi's place has been taken by his Roma team-mate Alessandro Florenzi, who is named for the first time.
Newcastle defender Davide Santon returns to the national set-up for the first time since March 2011 as the Azzurri prepare to face Les Bleus in a friendly at the Stadio Ennio Tardini on Wednesday evening.
Cagliari defender Davide Astori last featured in August's friendly against England, while the inclusion of AC Milan's Stephan El Shaarawy - who now has two caps - would appear to signal the end of the striker's career with the Under-21s.
Squad: Buffon (Juventus), De Sanctis (Napoli), Sirigu (Paris St Germain), Viviano (Fiorentina); Astori (Cagliari), Balzaretti (Roma), Barzagli (Juventus), Bonucci (Juventus), Chiellini (Juventus), Criscito (Zenit St Petersburg), Maggio (Napoli), Santon (Newcastle); Candreva (Lazio), Diamanti (Bologna), Florenzi (Roma), Giaccherini (Juventus), Marchisio (Juventus), Montolivo, Pirlo (Juventus), Verratti (Paris St Germain); Balotelli (Manchester City), Destro (Roma), El Shaarawy, Giovinco (Juventus), Osvaldo (Roma).