NEWS
Saturday August 27 2016
Italy: Ventura calls new faces

Giampiero Ventura has named his first Italy squad to face France and Israel, including Gianluigi Donnarumma, Andrea Belotti and Alessio Romagnoli.

The Azzurri will begin their new era with a friendly against France on September 1 at the Stadio San Nicola in Bari.

That fixture is also going to be the first ever to use VAR (Video Assistant Referee) technology in an off-line experiment.

Italy will then travel to Israel for a 2018 World Cup qualifier on September 5 in Haifa.

The squad will arrive at the Coverciano camp on Sunday night and Monday morning to begin training with their new Coach.

Ventura makes several changes from Antonio Conte’s Euro 2016 picks, including the introduction of 17-year-old Milan goalkeeper Donnarumma and Torino striker Belotti.

Donnarumma becomes the youngest player to be called up for the senior Italy squad since 1911.

They aren’t the only ones promoted from the Under-21 side, as Milan defender Romagnoli and Juventus centre-back Daniele Rugani also step up.

Ciro Immobile returns following his move to Lazio, while Andrea Barzagli has indeed walked back his decision to retire from international duty.

Surprisingly, Manolo Gabbiadini and Graziano Pellè are also brought back.

Goalkeepers: Buffon (Juventus), Donnarumma (Milan), Marchetti (Lazio)

Defenders: Antonelli (Milan), Astori (Fiorentina), Barzagli (Juventus), Bonucci (Juventus), Chiellini (Juventus), De Sciglio (Milan), Ogbonna (West Ham), Romagnoli (Milan), Rugani (Juventus)

Midfielders: Bernardeschi (Fiorentina), Bonaventura (Milan), Candreva (Inter), De Rossi (Roma), Florenzi (Roma), Montolivo (Milan), Parolo (Lazio), Verratti (PSG)

Forwards: Belotti (Torino), Eder (Inter), Gabbiadini (Napoli), Immobile (Lazio), Pavoletti (Genoa), Pellè (Shandong  Luneng)