Sunday April 9 2017
Ventura calls new Italy faces

Giampiero Ventura called up 23 players for his Italy get-together, including Federico Chiesa, Emerson Palmieri, Davide Calabria and Stephan El Shaarawy.

This is an opportunity for the CT to get a closer look at some players on the fringes of the Azzurri scene.

They will meet up at the Coverciano training ground on Monday evening and train until Wednesday.

There are quite a few new faces, including Milan full-back Calabria, Roma wing-back Emerson (who is Brazilian, but just got his Italian passport), Rolando Mandragora, Sassuolo’s Claude Adjapong and Cristian Dell’Orco.

Chiesa gets his maiden call-up after impressing for Fiorentina, as does Torino midfielder Daniele Baselli.

El Shaarawy returns to the Nazionale for the first time since Euro 2016.

There will be another get-together on May 2-3 and again on May 29-30 ahead of a friendly against San Marino on May 31 at the Stadio Castellani in Empoli.

Goalkeepers: Alex Meret (Spal), Simone Scuffet (Udinese)

Defenders: Claude Adjapong (Sassuolo), Cristiano Biraghi (Pescara), Davide Calabria (Milan), Federico Ceccherini (Crotone), Cristian Dall’Orco (Sassuolo), Dos Santos Palmieri Emerson (Roma), Gian Marco Ferrari (Crotone), Rolando Mandragora (Juventus), Filippo Romagna (Brescia)

Midfielders: Daniele Baselli (Torino), Danilo Cataldi (Genoa), Manuel Locatelli (Milan), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Sassuolo)

Forwards:  Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Federico Di Francesco (Bologna), Stephan El Shaarawy (Roma), Diego Falcinelli (Crotone), Roberto Inglese (Chievo Verona), Gianluca Lapadula (Milan), Andrea Petagna (Atalanta)

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