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Wednesday October 2 2019
Zaniolo in line for Italy recall

Italy will reportedly recall Roma starlet Nicolo Zaniolo for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers with Greece and Liechtenstein.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Zaniolo will return to the senior squad after he was demoted to the Under-21s for tardiness last month.

CT Roberto Mancini spoke highly of the 20-year-old in an interview this week, claiming he had “so much” more to give.

Elsewhere, the newspaper believes Everton striker Moise Kean and Brescia’s Sandro Tonali could link up for the second qualifier against Liechtenstein.

Before that, however, they are expected to play for the Azzurrini in their European U21 Championship qualifier with Republic of Ireland.

Daniele De Rossi missed Boca Juniors 2-0 defeat to River Plate in the Copa Libertadores semi-finals but is still being considered for a farewell call-up.

As for the likes of Alessandro Bastoni, Gaetano Castrovilli, Andrea Pinamonti and Mario Balotelli, they may have to wait until November or March.

Italy can book their place at Euro 2020 – their first major tournament for four years – with victory over Greece on October 12, three days before they face Liechtenstein.

Possible Italy squad for Greece and Liechtenstein qualifiers

Goalkeepers: Salvatore Sirigu (Torino), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Alex Meret (Napoli), Pierluigi Gollini (Atalanta)

Defenders: Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Alessio Romagnoli (Milan), Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Armando Izzo (Torino), Gianluca Mancini, Leonardo Spinazzola, Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Danilo D’Ambrosio (Inter), Emerson Palmieri (Chelsea) 

Midfielders: Jorginho (Chelsea), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain), Nicolo Barella, Stefano Sensi (Inter), Bryan Cristante, Nicolo Zaniolo (Roma) 

Forwards: Andrea Belotti (Torino), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Kevin Lasagna (Udinese), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Stephan El Shaarawy (Shanghai Shenhua)

Potential call-ups: Cristiano Biraghi (Inter), Vincenzo Grifo (Freiburg), Sandro Tonali (Brescia), Daniele De Rossi (Boca Juniors), Moise Kean (Everton)

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