Euro 2016: Italy leave out Andrea Pirlo & Mario Balotelli from squad

Andrea Pirlo and Mario Balotelli miss out on Italy squad
Pirlo and Balotelli starred as Italy reached the Euro 2012 final, where they lost to Spain

Veteran midfielder Andrea Pirlo and AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli have been left out of Italy's provisional 30-man squad for Euro 2016.

New York City's Pirlo, 37, has not been picked by the Azzurri since September's qualifying win over Bulgaria.

Balotelli, 25, scored one league goal in a season-long loan from Liverpool.

West Ham defender Angelo Ogbonna, Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian and Southampton striker Graziano Pelle are all included.

Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio, 30, has already been ruled out with a knee injury.

Italy coach Antonio Conte, who joins Chelsea after the tournament, will announce his final 23-man on 31 May.

The 1968 European champions have been drawn alongside Belgium, Sweden, and the Republic of Ireland in Group E.

Euro 2016, which is being hosted by France, starts on 10 June and runs until 10 July.

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Federico Marchetti (Lazio), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint Germain).

Defenders: Davide Astori (Fiorentina), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham), Daniele Rugani (Juventus).

Wingers: Federico Bernardeschi (Fiorentina), Antonio Candreva (Lazio), Matteo Darmian (Manchester United), Mattia De Sciglio (Milan), Stephan El Shaarawy (Roma), Davide Zappacosta (Torino).

Midfielders: Marco Benassi (Torino), Giacomo Bonaventura (Milan), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Emanuele Giaccherini (Bologna), Jorginho (Napoli), Riccardo Montolivo (Milan), Thiago Motta (Paris Saint Germain), Marco Parolo (Lazio), Stefano Sturaro (Juventus).

Forwards: Eder (Inter), Ciro Immobile (Torino), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Graziano Pelle (Southampton), Simone Zaza (Juventus).

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