Team News: Alberto Gilardino starts in attack for Italy

Team News: Gilardino leads line for Italy
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Alberto Gilardino starts in attack for Italy as the Azzuri welcome Bulgaria to Palermo for a World Cup qualifier.

Alberto Gilardino has been trusted to provide the main attacking force for an Italy side missing a number of key players for their World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria.

Mario Balotelli, Riccardo Montolivo and Pablo Osvaldo are all unavailable, so Cesare Prandelli has had to turn to a number of fringe players.

AC Milan forward Stephan El Shaarawy must settle for a place on the bench but Lorenzo Insigne starts for the first time on the international stage.

Bulgaria can move to within a point of their opponents with a victory this evening and they will be hoping that key duo Aleksandar Tonev and Stanislav Monev to make an impact.

Italy: Buffon, Abate, Bonucci, Chiellini, Antonelli, Thiago Motta, Pirlo, De Rossi; Candreva, Insigne, Gilardino

Bulgaria: Stoyanov, Zanev, Dimitrov, J Hristov, Milanov, Alexandrov, Delev, Rangelov, Nedelev, Zlatinsky, V Hristov, Gargorov

Alberto Gilardino #11 of Italy scores his opening goal during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifying Group B match between Italy and Bulgaria at Stadio Renzo Barbera on September 6, 2013
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