These are the first calls for the long journey to Qatar 2022 and the last ones before Euro 2021. Between the World Cup still far away and the European Championship very close, Roberto Mancini is looking for a point of balance. 38 called up and two news: defender Rafael Toloi, a Brazilian from Atalanta with Italian origins, used to playing three-handed with Gasperini and to be verified in the four-way line of the Azzurri and the director Matteo Ricci from Spezia. The presence of the midfielder in Coverciano, like that of Interisti Bastoni, Barella and Sensi, subject to the decisions of the local health authorities.
All four are currently undergoing restrictive measures due to Covid which hit their respective clubs. It remains to be seen if and when they will be released. The virus dictates the rules and will complicate the job. Serious absence of Jorginho, the most present in this national team, injured like the AC Milan fans Calabria and Romagnoli. Mandragora of Torino returns to the middle of the field.
Italy unbeaten in 22 games with 15 wins and have not lost against Portugal since 18 September 2018. The numbers do not reassure the blue coach, who must start strong in the qualifying round towards the World Cup. The three games with Northern Ireland in Parma, Bulgaria and Lithuania away (25, 28 and 31 March) will also serve to dispel the last doubts in view of the European Championship. In May, the list will have to be reduced to 23 players.
And from now until June we will also talk aboutl contract of the ct. President Gravina would like to extend it beyond 2022, Mancio is in no hurry for the past few weeks there has been a meeting that the FIGC considers positive.
Goalkeepers: Alessio Cragno (Cagliari), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Alex Meret (Naples), Salvatore Sirigu (Turin);
Defenders: Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Alessandro Bastoni (Inter), Cristiano Biraghi (Fiorentina), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Naples), Emerson Palmieri (Chelsea), Gian Marco Ferrari (Sassuolo) , Alessandro Florenzi (Paris Saint Germain), Manuel Lazzari (Lazio), Gianluca Mancini (Rome), Leonardo Spinazzola (Rome), Rafael Toloi (Atalanta);
Midfielders: Nicol Barella (Inter), Gaetano Castrovilli (Fiorentina), Bryan Cristante (Rome), Manuel Locatelli (Sassuolo), Rolando Mandragora (Turin), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Rome), Matteo Pessina (Atalanta), Matteo Ricci (Spezia), Stefano Sensi (Inter), Roberto Soriano (Bologna), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain);
Forwards: Andrea Belotti (Turin), Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Francesco Caputo (Sassuolo), Federico Chiesa (Juventus), Stephan El Shaarawy (Rome), Vincenzo Grifo (Friborg), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Naples), Moise Bioty Kean (Paris Saint-Germain).
The gathering planned Sunday evening by midnight at the Coverciano Technical Center. The games: March 25 Italy-Northern Ireland in Parma, the March 28Bulgaria-Italy, on March 31 Lithuania-Italy. All three races will be played at 20.45 and will be broadcast live on Rai1
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