ROME, May 16 (Xinhua) -- Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli has named his initial 31-man squad for the Confederations Cup, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) announced on Thursday.
Italy will play against Mexico, Japan and the hosts Brazil in the Confederations Cup group games which will be held in June.
Prandelli will trim down this squad to 23 players which will be unveiled in June 3.
Following are the players for the squad:
Goalkeepers: Agazzi (Cagliari), Buffon (Juventus), Marchetti ( Lazio), Sirigu (Paris St. Germain);
Defenders: Abate (Milan), Antonelli (Genoa), Astori (Cagliari), Barzagli (Juventus), Bonucci (Juventus), Chiellini (Juventus), De Sciglio (Milan), Maggio (Napoli), Ogbonna (Torino), Ranocchia ( Inter);
Midfielders: Aquilani (Fiorentina), Bonaventura (Atalanta), Candreva (Lazio), Cerci (Torino), De Rossi (Roma), Diamanti ( Bologna), Giaccherini (Juventus), Marchisio (Juventus), Montolivo (Milan), Pirlo (Juventus), Poli (Sampdoria);
Attackers: Balotelli (Milan), El Shaarawy (Milan), Gilardino ( Bologna), Giovinco (Juventus), Osvaldo (Roma), Sau (Cagliari). Enditem