Macheda to face England
Sunday, 06 February, 2011
Manchester United youngster in Italy squad for Tuesday's encounter.
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Manchester United forward Federico Macheda is in the Italian squad that will take on England in Tuesday afternoon's Under-21s match in Empoli.
Italy coach Ciro Ferrara has once again called upon the services of the 19-year-old who is currently on loan from Old Trafford to Sampdoria where he has featured eight times since moving on January. He also hit the target in their Coppa Italia victory over Udinese.
Macheda was originally signed by United from Lazio in 2007 and is best known for his debut match-winner at Aston Villa in 2009 and he followed that up with another winner a week later at Sunderland. He has five caps for the Azzurrini.
Former Napoli and Juventus defender Ferrara, who made 49 appearances for Italy, will renew acquaintances with his opposite number Stuart Pearce who he faced in two internationals in 1997 - a World Cup Qualifier at Wembley and in le Tournoi de France.
Also playing in both of those games for the Azzurri was goalkeeper Angelo Peruzzi, who is now Ferrara's number two with the Italy Under-21s.
Mattia Perin (Genoa CFC), Carlo Pinsoglio (FC Esperia Viareggio)
Cristiano Biraghi (FC Internazionale), Luca Caldirola (Vitesse), Michele Camporese (ACF Fiorentina), Alessandro Crescenzi (FC Crotone), Giulio Donati (US Lecce), Daniele Mori (Empoli FC), Davide Santon (AC Cesena)
Marco D'Alessandro (AS Livorno Calcio), Stephan El Shaarawy (Calcio Padova), Diego Fabbrini (Empoli FC), Luca Marrone (AC Siena), Giuseppe Rizzo (Reggina Calcio), Marco Augusto Romizi (AC Reggiana), Roberto Soriano (Empoli FC)
Mattia Destro (Genoa CFC), Federico Macheda (UC Sampdoria), Riccardo Saponara (Empoli FC), Gianvito Misuraca (Vicenza Calcio),
Coach Ciro Ferrara
Assistant Coach Angelo Peruzzi
Frankie Fielding (Blackburn Rovers), Scott Loach (Watford), Jason Steele (Middlesbrough)
Joe Bennett (Middlesbrough), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Martin Kelly (Liverpool), Ben Mee (Leicester City - loan from Manchester City), Micah Richards (Manchester City), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), James Tomkins (West Ham United), Kyle Walker (Aston Villa - loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa), Jack Cork (Burnley - loan from Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Aston Villa), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Southampton), Jordan Henderson (Sunderland), Henri Lansbury (Norwich City - loan from Arsenal), Fabrice Muamba (Bolton Wanderers), Jack Rodwell (Everton), Scott Sinclair (Swansea City)
Nathan Delfouneso (Aston Villa), Jay Rodriguez (Burnley), Daniel Sturridge (Bolton Wanderers - loan from Chelsea)