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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.
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.
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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