Marchisio joins Italy party

Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio is the new face in Italy's provisional 30-man squad for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in the Netherlands.

Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio is the new face in Italy's provisional 30-man squad for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in the Netherlands.

'Dream come true'
Marchisio, 21, has played 22 games in Serie B with the Bianconeri. "Being called up by the U21s is a dream come true," he said. "Unfortunately I'm recovering from a slight injury but coach Pierluigi Casiraghi has told me not to worry about that. I hope to convince him to take me to the Netherlands." AS Roma midfielder Alberto Aquilani, 22, returns to the fold after recovering from the knee problem which has forced him to miss the majority of the season. The five-time U21 champions are in Group B with Serbia, England and the Czech Republic. Casiraghi will cut his squad to 23 players on 30 May.

Italy squad
Goalkeepers: Gianluca Curci (AS Roma), Emiliano Viviano (Brescia Calcio), Andrea Consigli (S.S. Sambenedettese Calcio).

Defenders: Marco Andreolli (FC Internazionale Milano), Michele Canini (Cagliari Calcio), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Andrea Coda (Udinese Calcio), Domenico Criscito (Genoa 1893), Andrea Mantovani (AC Chievo Verona), Lino Marzoratti (Empoli FC), Marco Motta (Udinese Calcio), Alessandro Potenza (ACF Fiorentina), Andrea Raggi (Empoli FC).

Midfielders: Alberto Aquilani (AS Roma), Luca Cigarini (Parma FC), Raffaele De Martino (Udinese Calcio), Daniele Dessena (Parma FC), Andrea Lazzari (Piacenza Calcio), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Riccardo Montolivo (ACF Fiorentina), Antonio Nocerino (Piacenza Calcio), Simone Padoin (Vicenza Calcio), Alessandro Rosina (Torino FC).

Forwards: Arturo Lupoli (Derby County FC), Raffaele Palladino (Juventus), Gabriele Paonessa (Vicenza Calcio), Giampaolo Pazzini (ACF Fiorentina), Graziano Pellè (AC Cesena), Nicola Pozzi (Empoli FC), Giuseppe Rossi (Parma FC).

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