Italy v England: Manchester City's Mario Balotelli ruled out

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has withdrawn from the Italy squad for Wednesday's friendly with England in Switzerland because of conjunctivitis.

The eye infection forced the 22-year-old out of City's Community Shield win against Chelsea on Sunday .

"Rather than spark another club versus country row, England manager Roy Hodgson has taken the opportunity to experiment. The established names have been given a rest and youth has been given a chance."

No Juventus or Napoli players have been named because of their involvement in Sunday's Supercoppa match in Beijing.

Coach Cesare Prandelli has selected eight uncapped players, including AC Milan's Stephan El Shaarawy.

Prandelli, 54, has also opted to give some of his regulars a rest following Italy's Euro 2012 campaign, where they lost 4-0 in the final to Spain, with the 22-man squad featuring four Atalanta players.

Atalanta returned to Serie A last season and striker Manolo Gabbiadini, defender Federico Peluso and goalkeeper Andrea Consigli are all named in the squad for the first time.

The elevation of defenders Mattia De Sciglio and Francesco Acerbi to the senior side means there will be five AC Milan players on duty in Berne.

The other newcomers are Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin and Sampdoria midfielder Andrea Poli, who spent last season on loan with Inter Milan.

Italy squad: Andrea Consigli (Atalanta), Mattia Perin (Genoa), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris St Germain); Ignazio Abate (AC Milan), Francesco Acerbi (AC Milan), Davide Astori (Cagliari), Federico Balzaretti (Roma), Mattia De Sciglio (AC Milan), Daniele Gastaldello (Sampdoria), Angelo Obinze Ogbonna (Torino), Federico Peluso (Atalanta); Alberto Aquilani (Fiorentina), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Alessandro Diamanti (Bologna), Antonio Nocerino (AC Milan), Andrea Poli (Sampdoria), Ezequiel Schelotto (Atalanta), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain); Mattia Destro (Roma), Stephan El Shaarawy (AC Milan), Manolo Gabbiadini (Atalanta).