Del Piero recalled | World Soccer

Juventus striker Alessandro Del Piero has been recalled to the Italy squad for the first time in almost a year after being picked for Wednesday’s friendly match against Ireland.

There was no place for Roma forward Antonio Cassano though, whose fractious relationship with his club in recent weeks appears to have caused Lippi to leave him out.

Del Piero’s last appearance for Italy came in September last year when he scored in the 1-0 World Cup qualifying win away to Moldova.

Cassano meanwhile, has just one year left on his contract and has been linked with a move to Juventus after he failed to agree terms with Roma.

Squad
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Morgan De Sanctis (Udinese), Flavio Roma (Monaco).

Defenders: Andrea Barzagli (Palermo), Fabio Cannavaro (Juventus), Fabio Grosso (Palermo), Marco Materazzi (Inter), Alessandro Nesta (Milan), Cristian Zaccardo (Palermo), Gianluca Zambrotta (Juventus).

Midfielders: Simone Barone (Palermo), Mauro Camoranesi (Juventus), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Aimo Diana (Sampdoria), Gennaro Gattuso (Milan), Giandomenico Mesto (Reggina), Andrea Pirlo (Milan).

Forwards: Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus), Alberto Gilardino (Milan), Vincenzo Iaquinta (Udinese), Luca Toni (Fiorentina), Francesco Totti (Roma), Christian Vieri (Milan).

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