Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris St-Germain), Mattia Perin (Genoa)
Defenders: Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini (all Juventus), Gabriel Paletta (Parma), Ignazio Abate, Mattia De Sciglio (both AC Milan), Matteo Darmian (Torino).
Midfielders: Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio (both Juventus), Thiago Motta, Marco Verratti (both Paris St-Germain), Daniele De Rossi (AS Roma), Antonio Candreva (Lazio), Marco Parolo (Parma), Alberto Aquilani (Fiorentina).
Forwards: Mario Balotelli (AC Milan), Antonio Cassano (Parma), Alessio Cerci, Ciro Immobile (both Torino), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli).
14th June v England (Manaus)
20th June v Costa Rica (Recife)
24th June v Uruguay (Natal)
Italy will look to keep it simple, with great technique and comfort on the ball; they will suffocate any opponent and strike when they are down. This could be advantageous against England in the sweltering heat in Manaus. The Juventus quartet of Giorgio Buffon, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli will provide a strong defensive wall. If fit, Guiseppe Rossi will add some much needed pace to perfectly compliment Mario Balotelli upfront.
There is a distinct lack of pace and mobility that could leave them vulnerable to quicker opponents. The midfield can sometimes become stale, with Marchisio and Montolivo fading out of games resulting in an over-reliance on Pirlo.
Andrea Pirlo. Despite being 34, the majestic midfielder is the beating heart behind Juventus’ success in recent years. He has the ability to boss the game and link the defence and attack. As a set-piece specialist, he could be a match-winner if given the opportunity.
They always have the potential to win; they were unfancied in 2006 but left Germany as winner. Expect them to progress from the group and make it to the quarter or semifinals.
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