De Rossi left out of Italy squad to face France
MILAN (AP) -Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi has been left out of the Italy squad for the friendly against France for disciplinary reasons but teammate Alessandro Florenzi has been called up for the first time.
De Rossi scored in Italy's last two World Cup qualifying matches but has been dropped after being sent off in Roma's 3-2 defeat to Lazio earlier on Sunday for punching Lazio's Stefano Mauri.
De Rossi apologized to Mauri after the game but players are expected by Italy coach Cesare Prandelli to adhere to a strict disciplinary code. Prandelli will not call up players who have been sent off for dissent or violent conduct.
Newcastle defender Davide Santon and Cagliari's Davide Astori return to the squad while AC Milan's young striker Stephan El Shaarawy has also been included again.
Italy hosts France in Parma on Wednesday.
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Morgan De Sanctis (Napoli), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint Germain), Emiliano Viviano (Fiorentina).
Defenders: Davide Astori (Cagliari), Federico Balzaretti (Roma), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Domenico Criscito (Zenit St. Petersburg), Christian Maggio (Napoli), Davide Santon (Newcastle).
Midfielders: Antonio Candreva (Lazio), Alessandro Diamanti (Bologna), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Emanuele Giaccherini (Juventus), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Riccardo Montolivo (AC Milan), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain).
Forwards: Mario Balotelli (Manchester City), Mattia Destro (Roma), Stephan El Shaarawy (AC Milan), Sebastian Giovinco (Juventus), Pablo Daniel Osvaldo (Roma).
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