Saturday November 5 2016
Papu Gomez cannot play for Italy

Atalanta winger Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez will not be eligible to play for Italy after all.

The Argentine has said several times he’d be very happy to represent the Azzurri and is admired by current Coach Giampiero Ventura.

A couple of months ago Gomez received his Italian passport and it was believed he could be in the squad for upcoming games against Liechtenstein and Germany.

However, a more detailed investigation had discovered Gomez will never be able to play for Italy.

This is because the FIFA rules state a player can only change nationality if he already had a dual passport at the time of his first call-up.

Gomez played for Argentina at Under-20 level and only recently received Italian citizenship.

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