Verratti out as De Rossi returns to Italy squad

Domenico Criscito and Marco Parolo have earned call-ups to the Azzurri squad ahead of the side’s friendlies on November 15 and 18

Daniele De Rossi has returned to the Italy squad ahead of their friendlies with Germany and Nigeria in the coming fortnight.

The Roma midfielder was forced to withdraw from the Azzurri’s October fixtures with injury but, as expected, will be available for selection at San Siro against Joachim Low’s men on November 15 and at Craven Cottage against the reigning Africa Cup of Nations winners.

Marco Verratti suffered discomfort in his left knee ahead of Paris Saint-Germain’s win over Nice on Saturday and is omitted from Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli’s squad.

Another notable absentee is injured Giorgio Chiellini, though Juventus team-mates Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Barzagli, Angelo Ogbonna, Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Pirlo make the grade.

Roma full-back Federico Balzaretti, Cagliari’s Davide Astori, Sampdoria midfielder Lorenzo Di Silvestri and Fiorentina midfielder Alberto Aquilani are all dropped.

Giuseppe Rossi retains his spot after returning in the pair of fixtures last month, while Mario Balotelli’s poor run of form has not affected his place in Prandelli’s plans.

Parma midfielder Marco Parolo will be hoping to add to his one cap following a call-up on Sunday, while Zenit St Petersburg defender Domenico Criscito earns a return to the national team after overcoming fitness concerns.

Italy are currently preparing for World Cup 2014 after sealing their spot at the tournament in September, though they are not top seeds for the group stage draw because of their Fifa Ranking position.

Full Squad:

Name Club
Gianluigi Buffon Juventus
Federico Marchetti Lazio
Salvatore Sirigu Paris Saint-Germain
Ignazio Abate AC Milan
Andrea Barzagli Juventus
Leonardo Bonucci Juventus
Domenico Criscito Zenit St Petersburg
Christian Maggio Napoli
Angelo Ogbonna Juventus
Manuel Pasqual Fiorentina
Andrea Ranocchia Inter
Antonio Candreva Lazio
Daniele De Rossi Roma
Alessandro Diamanti Bologna
Alessandro Florenzi Roma
Emanuele Giaccherini Sunderland
Claudio Marchisio Juventus
Riccardo Montolivo AC Milan
Thiago Motta Paris Saint-Germain
Marco Parolo Parma
Andrea Pirlo Juventus
Andrea Poli AC Milan
Mario Balotelli AC Milan
Alessio Cerci Torino
Alberto Gilardino Genoa
Lorenzo Insigne Napoli
Pablo Daniel Osvaldo Southampton
Giuseppe Rossi Fiorentina

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