Strike duo get Italy recall

Gilardino and Pazzini get recalls

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Strike duo get Italy recall

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Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has recalled forwards Alberto Gilardino and Giampaolo Pazzini for the forthcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers against Estonia and Faroe Islands.

The pair were omitted from the new boss' first squad for the friendly defeat by Ivory Coast earlier this month but now return with injuries to both Amauri and Mario Balotelli.

Prandelli has also handed first call-ups to Parma defender Luca Antonelli, Palermo centre back Cesare Bovo, Sampdoria defender Daniele Gastaldello and Fiorentina fullback Lorenzo De Silvestri.

But AC Milan striker Marco Borriello is a surprise exclusion for their opening Group C games in Tallinn on Friday, 3rd September, and against the Faroes in Florence four days later.

Milan left back Luca Antonini and new Juventus right back Marco Motta have also been left out along with Davide Astori and Stefano Lucchini after the four were surprisingly called up for the 1-0 Ivory Coast defeat.

Salvatore Sirigu looks poised to keep his place in goal with Gianluigi Buffon still out after back surgery and Federico Marchetti suffering from a niggle and in conflict with club Cagliari.

Meanwhile, Andrea Pirlo returns to the squad after finding full fitness but there is again no place for former stalwarts Antonio Di Natale and Gianluca Zambrotta.

Italy squad in full for forthcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers against Estonia and Faroe Islands:

Goalkeepers: Antonio Mirante (Parma), Salvatore Sirigu (Palermo), Emiliano Viviano (Bologna)

Defenders: Luca Antonelli (Parma), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Cesare Bovo (Palermo), Mattia Cassani (Palermo), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Lorenzo De Silvestri (Fiorentina), Daniele Gastaldello (Sampdoria), Cristian Molinaro (VfB Stuttgart)

Midfielders: Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Andrea Lazzari (Cagliari), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina), Angelo Palombo (Sampdoria), Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan)

Forwards: Antonio Cassano (Sampdoria), Alberto Gilardino (Fiorentina), Giampaolo Pazzini (Sampdoria), Simone Pepe (Juventus), Fabio Quagliarella (Juventus), Giuseppe Rossi (Villarreal)