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Sunday, May 3, 1998 Published at 18:16 GMT 19:16 UK

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Coach Cesare Maldini has plenty of decisions to make, especially up front.

He is likely to leave his options open by splitting responsibility down the right-wing between Inter Milan's Francesco Moriero and Angelo Di Livio of Juventus.

Paolo Maldini scoring a diving header against Paraguay
Moriero scored two superb goals against Paraguay in April in only his second international, while Di Livio is tireless on the Juve right-wing, earning the nickname "little soldier".

With 23-year-old Alessandro Del Piero in outstanding form and tipped to team up with Christian Vieri up front, it is doubtful whether there will be room for Roberto Baggio of Bologna and Chelsea's Gianfranco Zola in the final team.

Fabrizio Ravanelli, Filippo Inzaghi and Pierluigi Casiraghi are Maldini's other striking options. But midfielder Roberto Di Matteo could join Chelsea team-mate Zola on the sidelines.

Veteran Demetrio Albertini and Dino Baggio have made big claims for places in midfield and Antonio Conte is back to his best after last year's injury-wrecked season.

Francesco Moriero scores with a scissor kick.
Defender Giuseppe Bergomi, 33, has had a great season as Inter skipper and Paolo Maldini has not disappointed his father with some first-rate performances as Italy captain.

There could also be a place for Alessandro Nesta who has proved an excellent replacement for the injured Ciro Ferrara.

Centre-back Luigi Sartor's impressive first season at Inter could earn him a place in the squad, but Alessandro Costacurta needs to rediscover his form to secure his selection.

Juve's Angelo Peruzzi is set to be first-choice goalkeeper ahead of Inter's Gianluca Pagliuca.

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