Predicting the Starting XI for Italy at Euro 2012

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Predicting the Starting XI for Italy at Euro 2012
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With just more than two months to go until the 2012 European Championship, it is almost time for Europe's top national sides to select their rosters.

For Italy, a squad coming off an utterly disappointing effort at the 2010 World Cup, this selection will be particularly interesting.

The Azzurri were one the oldest squads in South Africa, and the team's early exit turned out to be a swan song for many of its older members. Thus, June's tournament in Poland and Ukraine will be the first major international tournament for many of the nation's young talent.

That said, Italy will not be lacking veteran presence, as the team will still feature leaders such as Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo.

Barring a drastic and sudden change in philosophy, the Azzurri will lineup in a 4-3-1-2 formation this June, as this has been the preference of manager Cesare Prandelli. Here is what his lineup could look like when the games begin.

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