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Last Updated: Monday, 15 May 2006, 17:31 GMT 18:31 UK
Injured Totti back in Italy squad
Francesco Totti (right) takes on Walter Samuel
Totti has been injured for three months
Playmaker Francesco Totti has been named in Italy's 23-man World Cup squad after returning from a three-month injury layoff last week.

The Roma forward broke his left leg and strained ankle ligaments during a Serie A match on 19 February and had surgery.

Gianluigi Buffon was also included, despite allegations that the Juventus goalkeeper bet on matches.

Filippo Inzaghi and Vincenzo Iaquinta gained the final two forward spots, but Cristiano Lucarelli was not included.

If further developments prevent Buffon from playing, Italy would only be able to replace him by citing an injury up to 24 hours before the Azzurri's opening game against Ghana on 12 June.

"He's a great person. I don't believe he did anything, but even if he did make an error, I would stand by him," Totti said.

Angelo Peruzzi and Marco Amelia were chosen as Italy's reserve goalkeepers.

Italy begin training in Florence next Monday, then will face Switzerland and Ukraine in friendlies on 31 May and 2 June.

At the World Cup, Italy's other Group E matches are against the United States on 17 June and the Czech Republic on 22 June.


Italy squad:

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Angelo Peruzzi (Lazio), Marco Amelia (Livorno)

Defenders: Massimo Oddo (Lazio), Cristian Zaccardo (Palermo), Marco Materazzi (Inter Milan), Andrea Barzagli (Palermo), Alessandro Nesta (AC Milan), Fabio Cannavaro (Juventus), Gianluca Zambrotta (Juventus), Fabio Grosso (Palermo)

Midfielders: Mauro Camoranesi (Juventus), Gennaro Gattuso (AC Milan), Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan), Simone Perrotta (Roma), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Simone Barone (Palermo), Francesco Totti (Roma)

Forwards: Luca Toni (Fiorentina), Alberto Gilardino (AC Milan), Filippo Inzaghi (AC Milan), Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus), Vincenzo Iaquinta (Udinese)

SEE ALSO
Italy team guide
27 Apr 06 |  Italy
World Cup fixtures
09 Dec 05 |  Schedule
Have your say on the World Cup
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