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Cassano back in Italy fold

AC Milan forward named in provisional Italy squad

ESPN staff

Antonio Cassano marked his first AC Milan start in six months with a goal© Getty Images

AC Milan forward Antonio Cassano has capped his comeback from a heart problem with a recall to the provisional Italy squad for Euro 2012.

Cassano, who underwent minor heart surgery last year and missed six months before recently returning to action, was included in Cesare Prandelli's preliminary 32-man group on Sunday night.

Udinese forward Antonio Di Natale was selected for the first time by Prandelli after a superb campaign which saw him finish as the leading Italian scorer in Serie A. He had not featured for the Azzurri since the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, who this weekend captured the Premier League title, joins Cassano and Di Natale in the squad.

Prandelli has also brought in four uncapped players to his selection: Siena striker Mattia Destro, Juventus midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini, Atalanta winger Ezequiel Schelotto and Pescara playmaker Marco Verratti. The coach will announce his final 23-man squad on May 29.

Italy provisional 32-man squad for Euro 2012

Goalkeepers: Buffon (Juventus), De Sanctis (Napoli), Sirigu (Paris St Germain), Viviano (Palermo)

Defenders: Abate (AC Milan), Astori (Cagliari), Balzaretti (Palermo), Barzagli (Juventus), Bocchetti (Rubin Kazan), Bonucci (Juventus), Chiellini (Juventus), Criscito (Zenit St Petersburg), Maggio (Napoli), Ogbonna (Torino), Ranocchia (Inter Milan)

Midfielders: Cigarini (Atalanta), De Rossi (Roma), Diamanti (Bologna), Giaccherini (Juventus), Marchisio (Juventus), Montolivo (Fiorentina), Thiago Motta (Paris St Germain), Nocerino (AC Milan), Pirlo (Juventus), Schelotto (Atalanta), Verratti (Pescara)

Strikers: Balotelli (Manchester City), Borini (Roma), Cassano (AC Milan), Destro (Siena), Di Natale (Udinese), Giovinco (Parma).


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