Italy call-ups, great returns and some surprises: there’s a class of 2006

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Head coach Roberto Mancini has released the names of the players summoned for the friendly matches against Albania and Austria

Italian national team technical commissioner Roberto Mancini has released the list of summoned players for the double friendly engagements against Albania and Austria, two other World Cup outcasts in Qatar.

The coach from Jesi rejoins Federico Chiesa after a very long stop due to injury. Zaniolo also returns to the Azzurro, while Juve’s up-and-coming youngsters Nicolò Fagioli and Fabio Miretti have been called up, ready to make their national team debuts.

Gnonto still figures in the attack, and there is curiosity about 2006-class Simone Pafundi, a 16-year-old forward from Udinese still with zero Serie A appearances.

The list:

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Donnarumma (Paris Saint Germain), Alex Meret (Napoli), Ivan Provedel (Lazio), Guglielmo Vicario (Empoli).

Defenders: Francesco Acerbi (Inter), Alessandro Bastoni (Inter), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli), Federico Dimarco (Inter), Emerson Palmieri (West Ham), Federico Gatti (Juventus), Pasquale Mazzocchi (Salernitana), Giorgio Scalvini (Atalanta), Rafael Toloi (Atalanta).

Midfielders: Nicolò Barella (Inter), Bryan Cristante (Roma), Nicolò Fagioli (Juventus), Davide Frattesi (Sassuolo), Fabio Miretti (Juventus), Matteo Pessina (Monza), Samuele Ricci (Torino), Sandro Tonali (Milan), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain).

Strikers: Federico Chiesa (Juventus), Wilfried Gnonto (Leeds), Vincenzo Grifo (Freiburg), Simone Pafundi (Udinese), Matteo Politano (Napoli), Giacomo Raspadori (Napoli), Gianluca Scamacca (West Ham), Nicolò Zaniolo (Roma).

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