Juventus striker and Italian legend Alessandro Del Piero has been named to Italy’s provisional 24-man roster for the European Championships next month. Italy coach Roberto Donadoni will have to trim the roster by one player before the tournament.
Del Piero is coming off a dream season for Juventus that saw him score 21 goals to lead Serie A. The 33-year-old hasn’t played much for Italy since helping Italy win the 2006 World Cup but his form this season has been remarkable.
The usual suspects were also on the roster, including Luca Toni, Andrea Pirlo, Fabio Cannavaro and Gianluigi Buffon. Some familiar faces won’t be around though in retired legends Francesco Totti, Paolo Maldini and Alessandro Nesta.
Also not on the roster is Giuseppe Rossi. Not that he was a strong candidate to be on the Euro squad but I know some American fans will take joy in Rossi not making the team (He will be at the Olympics though so don’t go getting too giddy.)
Here is the full roster:
Italian National Team (provisional European Championship roster)
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Marco Amelia (Livorno), Morgan De Sanctis (Sevilla)
Defenders: Fabio Cannavaro (Real Madrid), Marco Materazzi (Inter Milan), Christian Panucci (AS Roma), Andrea Barzagli (Palermo), Gianluca Zambrotta (Barcelona), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Fabio Grosso (Lyon)
Midfielders: Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan), Gennaro Gattuso (AC Milan), Massimo Ambrosini (AC Milan), Daniele De Rossi (AS Roma), Simone Perrotta (AS Roma), Alberto Aquilani (AS Roma), Mauro Camoranesi (Juventus), Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina)
Forwards: Luca Toni (Bayern Munich), Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus), Antonio Di Natale (Udinese), Marco Borriello (Genoa), Fabio Quagliarella (Udinese), Antonio Cassano (Sampdoria, on loan from Real Madrid)
What do you think of the roster? Can it pull the World Cup-Euro double ala France in 98 and 2000? Is it doomed to falter in a loaded group? Share your thoughts below.