FIFA Ranking: 13

Coach: Marcello Lippi

Key players: Franceso Totti, Luca Toni, Alessandro Del Piero

World Cup record: 16th appearance

Best finish: Champion 1934, 1938, 1982

Last appearance: Second round 2002

Qualifying route: Won European Group 5

Key question: Rapidly becoming under achievers, can Lippi awaken the sleeping giant?

Squad:

Goalkeepers #
Gianluigi Buffon 1
Angelo Peruzzi 12
Marco Amelia 14
Defenders
Cristian Zaccardo 2
Fabio Grosso 3
Fabio Cannavaro 5
Andrea Barzagli 6
Alessandro Nesta 13
Gianluca Zambrotta 19
Massimo Oddo 22
Marco Materazzi 23
Midfielders
Daniele De Rossi 4
Gennaro Gattuso 8
Francesco Totti 10
Mauro Camoranesi 16
Simone Barone 17
Simone Perrotta 20
Andrea Pirlo 21
Forwards
Alessandro Del Piero 7
Luca Toni 9
Alberto Gilardino 11
Vincenzo Iaquinta 15
Filippo Inzaghi 18

Group matches:

v Ghana, 19:00 GMT, Monday 12th June - Hanover

v USA, 19:00 GMT, Saturday 17th June - Kaiserslautern

v Czech Republic, 14:00 GMT, Thursday 22nd June - Hamburg