Last week Roberto Donadoni had named 24 players to be part of the provisional list for the EURO 2008. Today he gave the decision to cut a single player because only 23 of them could play in Switzerland – Austria European Championship.
The one was Riccardo Montolivo. ACF Florentina’s midfielder is enjoying his best season: he was part of the team that arrived to the UEFA Cup semifinal and was fourth in the Serie A 2007-2008 reaching a spot for the next Champions League. In the other hand, he is starting the experience with the Azzurri team that he represented only once.
By the way, he is only 23 years old and it is almost certainly that he will play the Olympics Games in Beijing on July and he will have more opportunities in the Road to South Africa 2010.
Euro 2008 Italy Squad:
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Marco Amelia (Livorno), Morgan De Sanctis (Sevilla)
Defenders: Cristian Panucci (Roma), Fabio Cannavaro (Real Madrid), Andrea Barzagli (Palermo), Marco Materazzi (Inter), Fabio Grosso (Lyon), Gianluca Zambrotta (Barcelona), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)
Midfielders: Rino Gattuso (Milan), Andrea Pirlo (Milan), Massimo Ambrosini (Milan), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Simone Perrotta (Roma), Alberto Aquilani (Roma), Mauro German Camoranesi (Juventus)
Forwards: Luca Toni (Bayern Munich), Marco Borriello (Genoa), Antonio Di Natale, Fabio Quagliarella (Udinese), Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus), Antonio Cassano (Sampdoria)