Euro 2012 - Abate gets Italy call
Defender Angelo Ogbonna of Serie B side Torino was another surprise inclusion, but there was no place for the fit-again Alberto Gilardino of Fiorentina or Udinese veteran Antonio Di Natale, who is once again leading the Serie A scoring charts after notching his eighth strike of the season against Siena.
The Azzurri, who qualified for Euro 2012 with eight wins from 10 matches, play in Poland on Friday before taking on Uruguay at the Stadio Olimpico the following Tuesday.
Defenders: Ignazio Abate (AC Milan), Federico Balzaretti (Palermo), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Domenico Criscito (Zenit Saint Petersburg), Christian Maggio (Napoli), Angelo Ogbonna (Torino), Andrea Ranocchia (Inter)
Midfielders: Alberto Aquilani (AC Milan), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina), Thiago Motta (Inter), Antonio Nocerino (AC Milan), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus)