Italy call for Ravanelli and Di Matteo

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Fabrizio Ravanelli, the Middlesbrough striker, and the Chelsea midfielder Roberto di Matteo are on their way to Sarajevo to play for Italy in a friendly against Bosnia tomorrow, writes Rupert Metcalf.

Arrigo Sacchi, Italy's coach, has had to alter his squad as Juventus and Internazionale face Italian Cup replays tomorrow. Also called up is Gianluigi Lentini, whose career was nearly ended by head injuries suffered in a car crash three years ago. Lentini, 27, currently with Atalanta on loan from Milan, last played for Italy in June 1993.

Ravanelli and Di Matteo, both regulars in Italy's World Cup side, were due to be rested for this trip - the first international at the Kosevo Stadium since the ceasefire in Sarajevo - but both have now had to abandon their week off.

Roberto Baggio, the former Italian international, was released from hospital yesterday after a scan showed no damage from a serious blow to the head received while playing for Milan against Atalanta on Sunday.

Manchester United's Jordi Cruyff has been dropped from the Dutch squad for Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Wales in Eindhoven. He was substituted at half-time in the Netherlands' 3-1 win in Cardiff last month. Arsenal's Dennis Bergkamp, who missed that match due to injury, is recalled while Celtic's Pierre Van Hooijdonk, who scored twice as a late substitute at the Arms Park, is likely to start this time.

David Ginola's fine form for Newcastle has failed to find favour with Aime Jacquet, the French coach, who has once again left Ginola out of his squad for Saturday's international friendly against Denmark in Copenhagen.

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