Enrico Chiesa and the Real Madrid defender, Christian Panucci, come into the 21-man squad after missing Maldini's first match in charge: last month's 2-0 friendly win over Northern Ireland in Palermo.
Panucci was left out last time because he had only just moved from Milan to Spain. With the Juventus defender Ciro Ferrara now occupying the libero position, Panucci could line up at right-back instead of Angelo Di Livio and play alongside Alessandro Costacurta, Paolo Maldini and Antonio Benarrivo in defence.
The Milan midfielder, Stefano Eranio, has dropped out of last month's squad because of injury but his club-mate Paolo Maldini, the coach's son, has been passed fit. He was substituted after suffering a leg injury during Milan's Serie A defeat to Sampdoria on Sunday.
ITALY SQUAD (World Cup Group Two v England, Wembley, 12 February): Goalkeepers: Peruzzi (Juventus), Toldo (Fiorentina). Defenders: Ferrara (Juventus), Costacurta, Maldini (both Milan), Cannavaro, Benarrivo (both Parma), Nesta (Lazio), Fresi (Internazionale), Panucci (Real Madrid). Midfielders: Di Livio (Juventus), Di Matteo (Chelsea), Albertini (Milan), D Baggio (Parma), Fuser (Lazio), Carboni (Roma). Forwards: Casiraghi (Lazio), Ravanelli (Middlesbrough), Zola (Chelsea), Del Piero (Juventus), Chiesa (Parma).Reuse content