Cudicini earns Italy call-up
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Cudicini has been in sparkling form for The Blues during the past 18 months and international recognition is long overdue.
Azzurri coach Giovanni Trapattoni has now rewarded Cudicini with his inclusion in the party for the midweek tussle against the World Cup semi-finalists.
The Chelsea shot-stopper is joined in the squad by another new boy - Empoli striker Antonio Di Natale.
The ace marksman was in devastating form on Sunday, bagging a hat-trick in Empoli's 4-2 victory over Reggina.
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Francesco Toldo (Internazionale), Carlo Cudicini (Chelsea);
Defenders: Fabio Cannavaro (Internazionale), Matteo Ferrari (Parma), Mark Iuliano, Alessandro Birindelli (Juventus), Nicola Legrottaglie (Chievo), Paolo Negro (Lazio), Christian Panucci (Roma);
Midfielders: Carlo Nervo (Bologna), Luciano Zauri, Damiano Zenoni (Atalanta), Massimo Ambrosini, Andrea Pirlo (Milan), Eugenio Corini, Simone Perotta (Chievo), Luigi Di Biagio (Internazionale);
Forwards: Marco Di Vaio, Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus), Christian Vieri (Internazionale), Filippo Inzaghi (Milan), Antonio Di Natale (Empoli).