Traditionally one of the biggest international rivalries, it has been 12 years since Italy and Argentina last met. That friendly saw Argentina win 2-1, and came less than a year after they’d knocked the Azzurri out of the 1990 World Cup on penalties. Italy haven’t beaten the Albiceleste since the group stages of the 1982 World Cup, which they would go on to win. Wednesday sees the two nations go head-to-head once again, in a Rome friendly dedicated to Pope Francis.
For Italy, the most notable squad inclusion is that of Buenos Aires-born Pablo Osvaldo. The striker was omitted from Cesare Prandelli’s Confederations Cup selection after criticizing then-Roma coach Aurelio Andreazzoli on Twitter, though has now been recalled. There are few surprises elsewhere, though U-21 stars Lorenzo Insigne, Marco Verratti and Alessandro Florenzi have all been included. via – SBNation.com