Having scored twice in the UEFA Champions League final against Liverpool FC, AC Milan striker Filippo Inzaghi has been recalled to the Italy squad for the first time since October ahead of the UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifiers against the Faroe Islands and Lithuania.
The 33-year-old Inzaghi has registered 22 goals in 53 games for the Azzurri but has not played for his country since the 2-0 win against Ukraine on 7 October. Coach Roberto Donadoni has also rewarded forwards Cristiano Lucarelli and Tommaso Rocchi, who boast 20 and 16 Serie A goals for AS Livorno Calcio and S.S. Lazio respectively this season, with call-ups while 25-year-old centre-back Alessandro Gamberini, whose ACF Fiorentina side had the best defensive record in Serie A, is the only uncapped player involved. Italy are fourth in Group B with ten points from five matches, two behind France, Ukraine and Scotland. They play the Faroes in Torshavn on 2 June before travelling to Kaunas to meet Lithuania four days later.
Goalkeepers: Christian Abbiati (Torino FC), Marco Amelia (AS Livorno Calcio), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus).
Defenders: Andrea Barzagli (US Città di Palermo), Fabio Cannavaro (Real Madrid CF), Alessandro Gamberini (ACF Fiorentina), Marco Materazzi (FC Internazionale Milano), Massimo Oddo (AC Milan), Manuel Pasqual (ACF Fiorentina), Max Tonetto (AS Roma), Gianluca Zambrotta (FC Barcelona).
Midfielders: Massimo Ambrosini (AC Milan), Daniele De Rossi (AS Roma), Aimo Diana (US Città di Palermo), Gennaro Gattuso (AC Milan), Simone Perrotta (AS Roma), Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan).
Forwards: Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus), Antonio Di Natale (Udinese Calcio), Filippo Inzaghi (AC Milan), Cristiano Lucarelli (AS Livorno Calcio), Fabio Quagliarella (UC Sampdoria), Tommaso Rocchi (S.S. Lazio).
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