Euro 2012 qual. - Italy snub for Balotelli
Italy called up Cesena midfielder Marco Parolo on Sunday but there was no place for Roma striker Marco Borriello or Manchester City's Mario Balotelli in a youthful 25-man squad for next week's Euro 2012 qualifier in Slovenia and a friendly in Ukraine.
The 26-year-old Parolo, who scored Cesena's equaliser against Juventus a week ago, was the surprise selection for the Azzurri.
Coach Cesare Prandelli left out Roma's Daniele De Rossi and Balotelli, who both received red cards in European competition.
Italy top Euro 2012 qualifying Group C, three points ahead of Slovenia.
Defenders: Davide Astori (Cagliari), Federico Balzaretti (Palermo), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Domenico Criscito (Genoa), Daniele Gastaldello (Sampdoria), Christian Maggio (Napoli), Andrea Ranocchia (Inter Milan), Davide Santon (Cesena).
Midfielders: Alberto Aquilani (Juventus), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Stefano Mauri (Lazio), Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina), Thiago Motta (Inter Milan), Antonio Nocerino (Palermo), Marco Parolo (Cesena).