Rome: Roberto Baggio has been named in a 21-man squad for next week's Euro 2004 warm-up friendly match against fellow qualifiers Spain in Genoa. Italian coach Trapattoni wanted to give Baggio the chance to say farewell to the Italian public before the veteran striker hangs up his boots this summer. Brescia forward Baggio has not played for Italy since making the last of his 55 appearances against Belarus in March 1999, despite numerous calls for his recall. Known as 'The Divine Ponytail' because of his hairstyle and his Buddhist beliefs, Baggio enjoyed UEFA Cup success with Juventus in 1993 and was named FIFA's World Player of the Year the same year. He won two Serie A league titles, with Juventus in 1995 and with AC Milan the following year. He also had spells at Bologna and Inter Milan before signing for Brescia in September 2000.
(With wire inputs)
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