Saturday May 19 2018
Italy: Balotelli in Mancini squad

Roberto Mancini has named his first Italy squad for friendlies against Saudi Arabia, France and the Netherlands, including Mario Balotelli.

The new CT was appointed this week, the first permanent Coach since Giampiero Ventura was fired in November for failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

He’ll make his Nazionale debut in San Gallen, Switzerland, on May 28 against Saudi Arabia.

Italy then face France in Nice on June 1 and host the Netherlands in Turin’s Juventus Stadium on June 4.

Mancini named an initial 30-man squad that will meet at Coverciano on the evening of Wednesday May 23.

There’s the first call for Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmieri, Torino midfielder Daniele Baselli, Crotone midfielder Rolando Mandragora, Sassuolo striker Domenico Berardi and Atalanta defender Mattia Caldara.

Above all, Nice centre-forward Balotelli returns for his first Italy cap since the 2014 World Cup.

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Mattia Perin (Genoa), Salvatore Sirigu (Torino);

Defenders: Leonardo Bonucci (Milan), Mattia Caldara (Atalanta), Domenico Criscito (Zenit), Danilo D’Ambrosio (Inter), Mattia De Sciglio (Juventus), Emerson Palmieri Dos Santos (Chelsea), Alessio Romagnoli (Milan), Daniele Rugani (Juventus), Davide Zappacosta (Chelsea);

Midfielders: Daniele Baselli (Torino), Giacomo Bonaventura (Milan), Bryan Cristante (Atalanta), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Jorginho (Napoli), Rolando Mandragora (Crotone), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma);

Forwards: Mario Balotelli (Nice), Andrea Belotti (Torino), Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Matteo Politano (Sassuolo), Simone Verdi (Bologna), Simone Zaza (Valencia)

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