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Italy name provisional 30-man Euro 2016 squad-Pirlo and Balotelli missed out

Italy forward Lorenzo Insigne has been named in Antonio Conte’s provisional 30-man squad for Euro 2016 preparations, despite initial fears that he would be cut.

One of the surprises comes in the form of Genoa striker Leonardo Pavoletti not making the 30, despite impressing at Coverciano last week and ending the season as Serie A’s top scoring Italian.

Despite a great deal of speculation surrounding which goalkeeper would claim the third spot in the absence of the injured Mattia Perin, it has gone to Lazio’s Federico Marchetti, who was part of the side which crashed out of the 2010 World Cup in the group phase.

Although they have been called up, the fitness of midfielders Thiago Motta and Riccardo Montolivo will be assessed over the next seven days or so, according to Gazzetta World.

Francesco Acerbi has surprisingly been excluded despite his sparkling form for Sassuolo and he is joined in leaving the group by Sampdoria duo Lorenzo De Silvestri and Roberto Soriano as well as Armando Izzo.

Conte will announce his final, official squad for the tournament on Tuesday, May 31 at an event called Blue Dream in Rome.

Goalkeepers: Buffon, Sirigu, Marchetti.

Defenders: Astori, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Ogbonna, Darmian, Rugani, De Sciglio.

Midfielders: Benassi, Bonaventura, De Rossi, Florenzi, Giaccherini, Jorginho, Montolivo, Motta, Parolo, Sturaro, Zappacosta, Bernardeschi.

Forwards: Candreva, Eder, El Shaarawy, Immobile, Insigne, Pelle, Zaza.

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