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Italy axe Ranocchia and Destro

Bonucci included despite match-fixing crisis engulfing the country


ESPN staff

Andrea Ranocchia plies his domestic trade at Inter Milan© Getty Images

Andrea Ranocchia and Mattia Destro have been left out of Italy's 23-man squad for Euro 2012 but Leonardo Bonucci is included despite the match-fixing crisis engulfing the country.

Head coach Cesare Prandelli was forced to drop Domenico Criscito on Monday after it emerged the left-back is being investigated by police with regards the match-fixing probe in Italy.

Prandelli has now further whittled his squad down from 25 ahead of UEFA's deadline for the June tournament, with centre-back Ranocchia's exclusion meaning Bonucci could start their Euro 2012 Group C opener against holders Spain in Gdansk on June 10.

Bonucci's name has been mentioned in testimony during the match-fixing probe but he has not been formally put under investigation and has denied any wrongdoing, while the Italian football federation is happy with the Juventus defender's inclusion.

Italy's 23-man squad

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Morgan De Sanctis (Napoli), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris St Germain)

Defenders: Ignazio Abate (AC Milan), Federico Balzaretti (Palermo), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Christian Maggio (Napoli), Angelo Ogbonna (Torino)

Midfielders: Daniele De Rossi (AS Roma), Alessandro Diamanti (Bologna), Emanuele Giaccherini (Juventus), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina), Thiago Motta (Paris St Germain), Antonio Nocerino (AC Milan), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus)

Forwards: Mario Balotelli (Manchester City), Fabio Borini (AS Roma), Antonio Cassano (AC Milan), Antonio Di Natale (Udinese), Sebastian Giovinco (Parma)

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