NEWS
Sunday October 7 2012
Balo and Criscito Italy comebacks?

This evening Cesare Prandelli will name his Italy squad for the World Cup qualifiers, which should include Stephan El Shaarawy, Domenico Criscito and Mario Balotelli.

The Azzurri will face Armenia on October 12 and Denmark on October 16 on the road to the 2014 World Cup.

Coach Prandelli is expected to recall names who had been dropped, such as Manchester City striker Balotelli (who was out following eye surgery) and Milan hitman El Shaarawy.

Criscito returns to the Azzurri for the first time since he was excluded from Euro 2012 in the wake of the betting investigation.

The Coverciano training ground had been raided by police and he was presented with a formal notice of investigation, but the whole case has since been dropped.

It frees the Zenit defender to resume his international career, albeit with the bitterness of having missed the tournament.

PSG starlet Marco Verratti and Roma striker Mattia Destro are also expected to be included.

Napoli magician Lorenzo Insigne is likely to be called up by the Under-21 squad for their upcoming European Championship play-off against Sweden.

Also heading for the Azzurrini is Liverpool forward Fabio Borini.

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