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Juventus, Roma, Bologna and Leeds regulars included in Italy U21 squad



Carmine Nunziata has named a comparatively robust Italy U21 squad for the upcoming European Championship qualifiers in opposition to Latvia and Turkey in March, together with first-team regulus from the likes of Juventus, Roma, Bologna and Championship aspect Leeds. 

Among the most eye-catching names on Nunziata’s checklist embody Juve’s Fabio Miretti, Roma’s Edoardo Bove and Bologna’s Giovanni Fabbian. That specific trio have already got 61 league appearances for high half Serie A sides between them in 2023-24. 

Chelsea’s Cesare Casadei, who gained the Golden Ball and Golden Boot on the U20 World Cup final summer season, can also be within the present Italy U21 squad, as is highly-rated Braga loanee Cher Ndour, who’s contracted with Paris Saint-Germain till 2028.

Atalanta common Matteo Ruggeri is within the Italy U21 squad as a defender, as is Bologna’s Roberto Calafiori, who’s presently serving to his membership aspect in opposition to Empoli in Serie A. 

There may be additionally a call-up for thrilling Fiorentina teenager Michael Kayode and the comparatively skilled Lorenzo Pirola, who commonly captains the aspect.  

Wilfried Gnonto was not chosen for the senior squad, so he returns to the junior aspect, alongside Lorenzo Colombo, Francesco Pio Esposito, Gaetano Oristanio, Tommaso Baldanzi and Giuseppe Ambrosino as the opposite attackers. 

Italy U21 will play in opposition to their Latvian counterparts on March 22 at 17.45, after which once more in opposition to Turkey on March 26 on the identical time. 

Italy U21 squad

Goalkeepers: Desplanches, Rinaldi, Zacchi. 

Defenders: Pirola, Calafiori, Ruggeri, Zanotti, Coppola, Ghilardi, Kayode, Turicchia. 

Midfielders: Bove, Casadei, Miretti, Ndour, Prati, Fabbian, Volpato, Bianco, Fazzini, Hasa, Tongya. 

Forwards: Colombo, Esposito, Gnonto, Oristanio, Baldanzi, Ambrosino.

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