Marcello Lippi stuck by his word and gave the first chance to the players who steered the Azzurri through qualification, so there's a glaring omission in the shape of Francesco Totti. He's been superb in Roma's still-alive title challenge, but missed much of the international football since the last World Cup through injury and dips in form. His club-mate Luca Toni also misses out. He'd gone out on loan to Roma in order to refind the touch he lost so spectacularly at Bayern Munich. Alessandro del Piero also misses out despite enjoying a bit of an Indian summer.
The only overseas-based player in the squad is Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi who is included as a seventh striker at the expense of defender Nicolas Legrottaglia. Also up front is Samp star Giampaolo Pazzini, but club-mate Antonio Cassano doesn't make it.
The squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Morgan De Sanctis (Napoli), Federico Marchetti (Cagliari), Salvatore Sirigu (Palermo)
Defenders: Gianluca Zambrotta (AC Milan), Fabio Cannavaro (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Christian Maggio (Napoli), Leonardo Bonucci (Bari), Fabio Grosso (Juventus), Domenico Criscito (Genoa), Mattia Cassani (Palermo), Salvatore Bocchetti (Genoa)
Midfielders: Andrea Pirlo (Milan), Gennaro Gattuso (Milan), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina), Mauro Camoranesi (Juventus), Angelo Palombo (Sampdoria), Antonio Candreva (Juventus), Andrea Cossu (Cagliari), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Simone Pepe (Udinese)
Forwards: Fabio Quagliarella (Napoli), Giuseppe Rossi (Villarreal), Vincenzo Iaquinta (Juventus), Antonio Di Natale (Udinese), Marco Borriello (Milan), Alberto Gilardino (Fiorentina), Giampaolo Pazzini (Sampdoria).