By ESPNSTAR.com staff
A 30-man provisional squad is likely to be announced by Prandelli this weekend, and he has revealed to Corriere della Sera that his emphasis will be on youth.
"There will not be any surprises in the squad. Totti and Del Piero? Like I've said before, I'll only consider them in an emergency. I prefer to give younger players such as Roma's Fabio Borini a chance," he shared.
One experienced player who is likely to make the squad is AC Milan's Antonio Cassano, as the Italy boss has been impressed by his dedication to recuperate in time for the tournament. Udinese's Antonio Di Natale's scoring record for his country also makes him an option that is difficult to ignore.
"Cassano has shown that he loves the national shirt and he did all that he could to recover full fitness as soon as possible. He put pressure on the medics so that he could return to give us a helping hand." Prandelli said.
"I disagree with anyone who argues that Toto Di Natale doesn't deserve to be in the squad. He has scored almost 100 goals in three years and can be very helpful for us."
At the start of the year, there was talk of Manchester City's Mario Balotelli being dropped from the national team as a result of his unsavoury behaviour both on and off the pitch. However, Prandelli appears to be willing to take a chance on the forward.
"Balotelli can't afford to make any more mistakes, but I'm confident that he won't. We need to give players with talent an extra chance and there's no doubt that he's a special talent."
Italy have been drawn together with Croatia, Republic of Ireland and defending champions Spain in the group stages of Euro 2012.