National team, Spalletti calls up 29 Azzurri: Zaniolo, Gnonto and Retegui


By John

While waiting for the presentation to the media scheduled for tomorrow morning in Coverciano, Luciano Spalletti has issued his first summons as coach: 29 players have been called up by the new Technical Commissioner for the matches against North Macedonia (9 September in Skopje) and Ukraine (12 September in Milan), the first two seasonal commitments for the national team on the road to EURO 2024.

First call-up for the Lazio defender Nicolò Casale, who in 2022 had already been called for two internships dedicated to footballers of national interest. Mattia Zaccagni (absent since March 2022), Cristiano Biraghi, Gianluca Mancini and Manuel Locatelli (last call-up in June 2022) return to wear the blue shirt.
The national team will meet on Sunday 3 September in Coverciano, where they will remain training until Friday 8 and then leave in the afternoon for Skopje. At the end of the match against North Macedonia the Azzurri will move to Milan to prepare for the match against Ukraine. The FIGC communicated this in a note.

This is the list of those called up

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Donnarumma (Paris Saint Germain), Alex Meret (Napoli), Ivan Provedel (Lazio), Guglielmo Vicario (Tottenham);
Defenders: Alessandro Bastoni (Inter), Cristiano Biraghi (Fiorentina), Nicolò Casale (Lazio), Matteo Darmian (Inter), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli), Federico Dimarco (Inter), Gianluca Mancini (Roma), Alessio Romagnoli (Lazio), Giorgio Scalvini (Atalanta), Leonardo Spinazzola (Rome);
Midfielders: Nicolò Barella (Inter), Bryan Cristante (Roma), Davide Frattesi (Inter), Manuel Locatelli (Juventus), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Matteo Pessina (Monza), Sandro Tonali (Newcastle);
Attackers: Federico Chiesa (Juventus), Wilfried Gnonto (Leeds), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Matteo Politano (Napoli), Giacomo Raspadori (Napoli), Mateo Retegui (Genoa), Mattia Zaccagni (Lazio), Nicolò Zaniolo (Aston Villa).