Italy call up Paolo Cannavaro for South Africa friendly

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GENOA, Italy Oct 14 (Reuters) Paolo Cannavaro, brother of World Cup-winning captain Fabio, has received his first Italy call up along with a number of other fringe players for Wednesday's friendly with South Africa in Siena.

Roberto Donadoni, whose Italy side beat Georgia 2-0 in a Euro 2008 qualifier in Genoa yesterday, has decided not to risk his key players ahead of next month's crunch qualifier at Group B leaders Scotland.

Napoli defender Cannavaro, 26, joins AC Milan forward Alberto Gilardino in the squad while Juventus striker Vincenzo Iaquinta is included after missing the Georgia game with a fever.

Alessandro Del Piero and Filippo Inzaghi have again been left out.

Italy are second in their qualifying group one point behind Scotland and just a point ahead of France with twom games remaining. Only the top two go through to the finals.

Squad Goalkeepers: Marco Amelia (Livorno), Gianluca Curci (AS Roma) Defenders: Cristian Zaccardo (Palermo), Giandomenico Mesto (Udinese), Daniele Bonera (AC Milan), Alessandro Gamberini (Fiorentina), Paolo Cannavaro (Napoli), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus) Midfielders: Andrea Dossena (Udinese), Daniele De Rossi (AS Roma), Angelo Palombo (Sampdoria), Antonio Nocerino (Juventus), Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina), Franco Semioli (Fiorentina), Pasquale Foggia (Cagliari), Stefano Mauri (Lazio) Strikers: Alessandro Rosina (Torino), Cristiano Lucarelli (Shakhtar Donetsk), Alberto Gilardino (AC Milan), Vincenzo Iaquinta (Juventus) REUTERS SSC AS0923

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