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Italy coach Antonio Conte calls up 6 Juventus players for matches against Croatia and Portugal

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ROME — Six Juventus players will go directly from the Champions League final to join Italy's squad for upcoming matches against Croatia and Portugal.

Coach included regulars like goalkeeper , , , and — plus forward — in his 28-man squad.

Also, Sassuolo forward received his first call up and Milan striker rejoined the team.

Mario Balotelli was again left out. The Liverpool forward has been called up only once and has not played since Conte replaced Cesare Prandelli after last year's World Cup.

Italy faces Group H leader Croatia in Split on Friday in a European Championship qualifier, then meets Portugal in Geneva four days later in a friendly.

The Azzurri are second in the group, two points behind Croatia.


Italy:

Goalkeepers: (Juventus), (Torino), (Paris Saint-Germain).

Ddefenders: (Roma), (Juventus), (Juventus), (Torino), (Milan), (Sampdoria), (Torino), (Fiorentina), (Inter Milan).

Midfielders: (Genoa), (Roma), (Juventus), (Lazio), (Juventus), (Sampdoria), (Paris Saint-Germain).

Forwards: (Lazio), (Milan), (Napoli), (Borussia Dortmund), (Juventus), (Southampton), (Sassuolo), (Palermo), (Sassuolo).

PHOTO: Juventus' Giorgio Chiellini, second left, stands with his teammates before the Champions League final soccer match between Juventus Turin and FC Barcelona at the Olympic stadium in Berlin Saturday, June 6, 2015. Giorgio Chiellini is injured and will not play in the final. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Juventus' Giorgio Chiellini, second left, stands with his teammates before the Champions League final soccer match between Juventus Turin and FC Barcelona at the Olympic stadium in Berlin Saturday, June 6, 2015. Giorgio Chiellini is injured and will not play in the final. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

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PHOTO: Juventus' Giorgio Chiellini, second right, stands on the pitch prior to the Champions League final soccer match between Juventus Turin and FC Barcelona at the Olympic stadium in Berlin Saturday, June 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
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