Balotelli back in Italy squad
City star wins recall to Italy squad, but De Rossi still missing
By Pete O'Rourke - Follow me on Twitter @skysportspeteo. Last Updated: May 23, 2011 8:23pm
Balotelli: Back in the fold under Prandelli
Mario Balotelli has been recalled to the Italy squad but Daniele De Rossi remains in the doghouse of coach Cesare Prandelli.
The pair were both dropped for the victories over Slovenia and Ukraine in March due to a violation of team rules.
However, Prandelli has recalled Manchester City striker Balotelli, but De Rossi was left out of the 23-man group for the 2012 European Championship qualifier against Estonia on 3rd June and the friendly against the Republic of Ireland four days later.
While Balotelli finished the Premier League season in good form for City, De Rossi was absent for Roma's final three Serie A matches through suspension for violent conduct.
Midfielder Andrea Pirlo is also back in the squad after overcoming a knee injury.
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Salvatore Sirigu (Palermo), Emiliano Viviano (Bologna); Davide Astori (Cagliari), Federico Balzaretti (Palermo), Mattia Cassani (Palermo), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Domenico Criscito (Genoa), Alessandro Gamberini (Fiorentina), Christian Maggio (Napoli), Andrea Ranocchia (Inter Milan); Alberto Aquilani (Juventus), Sebastian Giovinco (Parma), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina), Thiago Motta (Inter Milan), Antonio Nocerino (Palermo), Angelo Palombo (Sampdoria), Andrea Pirlo; Mario Balotelli (Manchester City), Antonio Cassano (AC Milan), Alberto Gilardino (Fiorentina), Alessandro Matri (Juventus), Giampaolo Pazzini (Inter Milan), Giuseppe Rossi (Villarreal).