Italians name tour party
By Graeme Bailey. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Italy have named several new faces in their squad for the mini-tour of North America later this month.
The Azzurri are playing Serbia & Montenegro in Toronto and Ecuador in New York.
Coach Marcello Lippi is using the trip to blood a number of new faces.
There was no surprises as Serie A's top scorer Cristiano Lucarelli (pictured) of Livorno got a call.
The other new faces are Palermo goalkeeper Matteo Guardalben, Fiorentina stopper Dario Dainelli, Reggina full back Giandomenico Mesto, Messina midfielder Carmine Coppola and forwards Franco Brienza of Palermo and Chievo's Roberto Baronio.
Lippi, who saw his side draw 0-0 with Norway in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday, will try a number of new systems during the tour.
Squad in full: Roma (Monaco), Peruzzi (Lazio), Guardalben (Palermo), Barzagli (Palermo), Chiellini (Fiorentina), Dainelli (Fiorentina), Oddo (Lazio), Cassetti (Lecce), Grosso (Palermo), Baronio (Chievo), Blasi (Juventus), Esposito (Cagliari), Barone (Palermo), Mesto (Reggina), Coppola (Messina), Mauri (Udinese), Iaquinta (Udinese), Toni (Palermo), Brienza (Palermo), Lucarelli (Livorno), Di Michele (Udinese), Langella (Cagliari).