No surprise in Italy squad for crucial qualifier in Spain
MILAN (AP) There were no surprises in the 25-man Italy squad announced on Saturday for World Cup qualifiers against Spain and Israel.
Goalkeeper Mattia Perin returns to the squad for the first time in nearly a year, after injuring his knee in January.
The Genoa shotstopper will likely be behind Italy and Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon and AC Milan's Gianluigi Donnarumma in the pecking order.
The high-profile match against Spain in Madrid on Sept. 2 will help decide the teams' qualifying fate for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The teams are tied for the Group G lead after six matches. Only the group winner automatically qualifies. The runner-up will have to go through a playoff.
Italy has not lost in its previous 56 qualifying matches.