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Default Euro 2012: Leonardo Bonucci in Italy squad despite match-fixing probe


Cesare Prandelli names final 23-man squad for Euro 2012
Manchester City's Mario Balotelli included

The Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has been included in Italy's final Euro 2012 squad despite being mentioned in the latest match-fixing investigation to engulf the country.

Bonucci is expected to face questioning as part of a probe carried out by Cremona prosecutors with regards to his time as a Bari player in the 2009-10 campaign. He is not under any formal investigation at this stage and has denied any wrongdoing.

Italy omitted the Zenit St Petersburg defender Domenico Criscito from the squad on Monday after he was questioned by police as part of the same investigation.

The Internazionale defender Andrea Ranocchia and the Siena striker Mattia Destro were also left out on Tuesday by the Italy coach, Cesare Prandelli, as he trimmed his squad to 23 names.

The veteran Udinese forward Antonio Di Natale, 34, survived the cull. Di Natale, the top Italian scorer in Serie A in the recently-completed season, has not played under Prandelli and is one of five forwards Italy will take to the tournament.

The Milan striker Antonio Cassano has also made Prandelli's roster after coming back from minor heart surgery. Cassano was Italy's top scorer in qualifying with six goals. Manchester City's controversial forward Mario Balotelli is also included.

Italy will play Spain, Croatia and Ireland in Group C.



Italy Euro 2012 squad

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Morgan De Sanctis (Napoli), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris St-Germain).

Defenders: Ignazio Abate (Milan), Federico Balzaretti (Palermo), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Christian Maggio (Napoli), Angelo Ogbonna (Torino).

Midfielders: Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Alessandro Diamanti (Bologna), Emanuele Giaccherini (Juventus), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina), Thiago Motta (Paris St Germain), Antonio Nocerino (Milan), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus).

Forwards: Mario Balotelli (Manchester City), Fabio Borini (Roma), Antonio Cassano (Milan), Antonio Di Natale (Udinese), Sebastian Giovinco (Parma).



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