Friday October 4 2019
Italy: Zaniolo yes, veterans no

Italy have recalled Roma starlet Nicolo Zaniolo for upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers, but Daniele De Rossi and Fabio Quagliarella are not included.

Zaniolo is back in the senior squad after he was demoted to the Under-21s for tardiness last month.

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

However, De Rossi is denied a farewell appearance as he is still struggling with injury, confirmed by his latest omission for Boca Juniors.

There is also no place for Quagliarella as Mancini prefers to go with younger options for the second squad running.

Elsewhere, Napoli right-back Giovanni Di Lorenzo is selected for the first time, while left-backs Cristiano Biraghi and Leonardo Spinazzola return after they missed the September qualifiers.

However, Chelsea’s Emerson Palmieri is injured, whereas Luca Pellegrini, Sandro Tonali and Moise Kean must all settle for Under-21 call-ups.

The Azzurri 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.

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

Defenders: Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Cristiano Biraghi (Inter), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Danilo D’Ambrosio (Inter), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Armando Izzo (Torino), Gianluca Mancini (Roma), Alessio Romagnoli (Milan), Leonardo Spinazzola (Roma)

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

Forwards: Andrea Belotti (Torino), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Stephan El Shaarawy (Shanghai Shenhua), Vincenzo Grifo (Freiburg), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli)