Cesare Prandelli has confirmed that Giuseppe Rossi will miss Italy’s friendly with Germany on Friday.
The Fiorentina striker was re-called to the Azzurri squad after a superb start to the campaign with the Viola, but the national team Coach has revealed that the 26-year-old is out of the game at San Siro after failing to recover from tonsillitis.
Mario Balotelli and misfiring Southampton man Pablo Osvaldo will be fielded up front instead, with Milan captain Riccardo Montolivo in the trequartista role.
In midfield, Daniele De Rossi misses out on a starting berth, with Juventus pair Andrea Pirlo and Claudio Marchisio chosen to face the Mannschaft, alongside Paris Saint-Germain’s Thiago Motta.
A leftfield back four includes Ignazio Abate, Domenico Criscito, Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci.
Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon starts in goal for his 138th cap.
Buffon; Abate, Criscito, Barzagli, Bonucci; Pirlo, Marchisio, Thiago Motta; Montolivo; Balotelli, Osvaldo.
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