Lippi names Italy squad

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MILAN, Italy (AP) - Italy coach Marcello Lippi left Alessandro Del Piero off the squad for the team's next two World Cup qualifying games and called up four players for their international debuts Sunday.

Del Piero had gotten the call for Italy's first two qualifiers last month against Cyprus and Georgia but saw little playing time. The striker has scored one goal in six games this season for Juventus.

The four players making their debut are Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi, Udinese forward Simone Pepe, Napoli defender Fabiano Santacroce and Napoli midfielder Christian Maggio.

Italy plays Bulgaria on Saturday in Sofia and Montenegro in Lecce four days later.

Lippi got wins in his first two World Cup qualifying games after returning as coach. Italy leads its group with six points.

Injuries kept Lippi from calling up defenders Nicola Legrottaglie, Marco Materazzi, Marco Cassetti and Fabio Grosso, as well as midfielder Andrea Pirlo and strikers Vincenzo Iaquinta and Marco Borriello.

Goalkeepers: Marco Amelia (Palermo), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Morgan De Sanctis (Galatasaray)

Defenders: Daniele Bonera (AC Milan), Fabio Cannavaro (Real Madrid), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Andrea Dossena (Liverpool), Alessandro Gamberini (Fiorentina), Fabiano Santacroce (Napoli), Gianluca Zambrotta (AC Milan)

Midfielders: Alberto Aquilani (AS Roma), Mauro Camoranesi (Juventus), Daniele De Rossi (AS Roma), Gennaro Gattuso (AC Milan), Christian Maggio (Napoli), Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina), Antonio Nocerino (Palermo), Simone Perrotta (AS Roma)

Forwards: Antonio Di Natale (Udinese), Alberto Gilardino (Fiorentina), Simone Pepe (Udinese), Giuseppe Rossi (Villarreal), Luca Toni (Bayern Munich

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