Giuseppe Rossi returns to Italy fold

Rossi returns to Italy fold
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Giuseppe Rossi could make his first appearance for Italy in two years after receiving the call for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Fiorentina forward Giuseppe Rossi has been called up to the Italian national squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Denmark and Armenia.

The 26-year-old, who has scored five goals in six Serie A games for Viola, has not featured for the Azzurri since suffering a cruciate ligament injury that kept him out of action for most of the last two years.

Premier League duo Emmanuele Giaccherini and Pablo Osvaldo, of Sunderland and Southampton respectively, have also been called up.

They are two of four players - including Salvatore Sirigu and Marco Verratti - playing their football outside of Italy.

Meanwhile, a domestic ban for bad behaviour has not stopped Cesare Prandelli from picking AC Milan's Mario Balotelli for the match in Copenhagen on October 11 and then in Turin four days later.

SQUAD IN FULL

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Federico Marchetti (Lazio), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris St Germain)

Defenders: Ignazio Abate (AC Milan), Davide Astori (Cagliari), Federico Balzaretti (AS Roma), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Lorenzo De Silvestri (Sampdoria), Manuel Pasqual (Fiorentina), Andrea Ranocchia (Inter Milan)

Midfielders: Alberto Aquilani (Fiorentina), Antonio Candreva (Lazio), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Alessandro Diamanti (Bologna), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Riccardo Montolivo (Milan), Thiago Motta (Paris St Germain), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), Andrea Poli (AC Milan), Marco Verratti (Paris St Germain)

Forwards: Mario Balotelli (AC Milan), Alessio Cerci (Torino), Alberto Gilardino (Bologna), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Pablo Daniel Osvaldo (Southampton), Giuseppe Rossi (Fiorentina)

Fiorentina's Giuseppe Rossi celebrates a goal against Catania on August 26, 2013
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