Balotelli returns for Argentina clash

The AC Milan striker is accompanied by team-mates Stephan El Shaarawy and Riccardo Montolivo as Italy prepare to take on the South American giants next week

Cesare Prandelli has announced his squad for Italy’s friendly with Argentina in Rome on Wednesday, with Mario Balotelli set to return having missed the knock-out stages of the Confederations Cup with a strained thigh.

Also returning to the team is Roma striker Pablo Osvaldo, who was left out of Prandelli’s Confederations Cup squad after failing to show up to the awards ceremony for the Coppa Italia final.

Of the 27 players named in the team, all but three play domestically, with Paris-Saint Germain goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu and mifielder Marco Verratti, and Sunderland winger Emanuele Giaccherini the exceptions.

Included into the team are four members of this summer’s European Under-21 Championship squad – Doriano De Silvestri, Alessandro Florenzi, Lorenzo Insigne and Marco Verratti.

Juventus have the most players selected with six, while Milan and Roma are behind them with three each.

Full Italy squad:

Name Club
Gianluigi Buffon Juventus
Federico Marchetti Lazio
Salvatore Sirigu Paris Saint-Germain
Luca Antonelli Genoa
Davide Astori Cagliari
Andrea Barzagli Juventus
Leonardo Bonucci Juventus
Giorgio Chiellini Juventus
Doriano Silvestri Sampdoria
Christian Maggio Napoli
Andrea Ranocchia Inter
Alberto Aquilani Fiorentina
Antonio Candreva Cagliari
Alessio Cerci Torino
Daniele De Rossi Roma
Alessandro Diamanti Bologna
Alessandro Florenzi Roma
Emanuele Giaccherini Sunderland
Claudio Marchisio Juventus
Riccardo Montolivo AC Milan
Andrea Pirlo Juventus
Marco Verratti Paris Saint-Germain
Mario Balotelli AC Milan
Stephan El Shaarawy AC Milan
Alberto Gilardino Genoa
Lorenzo Insigne Juventus
Pablo Osvaldo Roma

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