Late call-ups for Trap

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The mounting injury list for Italy has handed a first call up to Bologna's promising star Cesare Natali.

Coach Giovanni Trapattoni has been hit with a spate of withdrawals, including Antonio Cassano, Alessandro Del Piero, Alessandro Nesta and Fabio Cannavaro.

However, with both Cristiano Zanetti and Marcello Castellini ruled out on Monday, Trap has been forced to call up Massimo Ambrosini and Bologna's Natali.

Natali has been a regular presence for the Italian Under-21 side but will be delighted at receiving such a late chance to impress at full international level.

Ambrosini is another player with an enormous point to prove.

Patchy form this season and niggling injuries has seen him in and out of the Milan side, and he has already indicated that he has to work hard at club level to earn a place in Euro 2004.