- Associated Press - Saturday, June 6, 2015

ROME (AP) - Six Juventus players will go directly from the Champions League final to join Italy’s squad for upcoming matches against Croatia and Portugal.

Coach Antonio Conte included regulars like goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Claudio Marchisio and Andrea Pirlo - plus forward Alessandro Matri - in his 28-man squad.

Also, Sassuolo forward Nicola Sansone received his first call up and Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy 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.

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Italy:

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Daniele Padelli (Torino), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint-Germain).

Ddefenders: Davide Astori (Roma), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Torino), Mattia De Sciglio (Milan), Lorenzo De Silvestri (Sampdoria), Emiliano Moretti (Torino), Manuel Pasqual (Fiorentina), Andrea Ranocchia (Inter Milan).

Midfielders: Andrea Bertolacci (Genoa), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Marco Parolo (Lazio), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), Roberto Soriano (Sampdoria), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain).

Forwards: Antonio Candreva (Lazio), Stephan El Shaarawy (Milan), Manolo Gabbiadini (Napoli), Ciro Immobile (Borussia Dortmund), Alessandro Matri (Juventus), Graziano Pelle (Southampton), Nicola Sansone (Sassuolo), Franco Vazquez (Palermo), Simone Zaza (Sassuolo).

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