Gigi Di Biagio has called five new faces for the Italy Under-21 games against Cyprus and Belgium, including Kingsley Boateng.
The Coach named his squad for the European Under-21 Championship qualifiers with Matteo Liviero, Davide Zappacosta, Massimiliano Busellato, Salvatore Molina and Boateng receiving their debut calls.
Boateng is owned by Milan, but joined Catania on loan this month. He was born in Ghana, but has already represented Italy at Under-20 level.
They face Belgium in Rieti on September 5 and visit Cyprus on September 9, which will represent Di Biagio’s first competitive games in charge.
GK: Bardi (Livorno), Leali (Spezia), Pigliacelli (Pescara);
D: Antei (Sassuolo), Bianchetti (Verona), Di Lorenzo (Reggina), Frascatore (Pescara), Liviero (Carpi), Masi (Ternana), Sabelli (Bari), Zappacosta (Avellino);
M: Baselli (Atalanta), Battocchio (Watford), Busellato (Cittadella), Crisetig (Crotone), Fossati (Bari), Molina (Modena);
F: Belotti (Albinoleffe), Boateng (Catania), Fedato (Bari), Gatto (Virtus Lanciano), Improta (Chievo Verona), Longo (Verona), Piscitella (Pescara)