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Conte calls on Valdifiori to replace Pirlo in Italy squad

Antonio Conte has named three uncapped players in his Italy squad for their upcoming matches with Bulgaria and England.

With Andrea Pirlo injured, Conte has handed Empoli's Mirko Valdifiori his chance with the national team, while there are also call-ups for Eder and Franco Vazquez.

Sampdoria striker and Brazilian-born Eder has scored eight goals in Serie A this season to help Sinisa Mihajlovic's side challenge for a top-six place, while Vazquez – who was born in Argentina – has netted seven goals from midfield for Palermo.

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