NEWS
Saturday November 5 2016
Italy: Politano and Cataldi debut calls

Giampiero Ventura’s Italy squad for Liechtenstein and Germany includes Matteo Politano, Danilo Cataldi, Claudio Marchisio and Lorenzo Insigne.

The Azzurri visit Liechtenstein in the 2018 World Cup qualifier on Saturday November 12, then host Germany in a prestigious friendly at San Siro on Tuesday November 15.

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Coach Ventura said he’s going to re-make the Nazionale into his favoured 4-2-4 formation, scrapping the 3-5-2 used by Antonio Conte at Euro 2016.

Because of this tactical switch, he can bring back Insigne, while Nicola Sansone is called after strong form at Villarreal.

There is a first ever call-up for Sassuolo wide forward Matteo Politano and Lazio midfielder Danilo Cataldi.

Marchisio gets his recall after six months out with a torn ACL, which forced him to miss Euro 2016, while Torino full-back Davide Zappacosta is also brought back.

Lazio midfielder Marco Parolo is suspended for the Liechtentstein game.

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Mattia Perin (Genoa)

Defenders: Luca Antonelli (Milan), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Manchester United), Mattia De Sciglio (Milan), Alessio Romagnoli (Milan), Daniele Rugani (Juventus), Davide Zappacosta (Torino)

Midfielders: Danilo Cataldi (Lazio), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Marco Parolo (Lazio), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain)

Wide men: Federico Bernardeschi (Fiorentina), Giacomo Bonaventura (Milan), Antonio Candreva (Inter), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Matteo Politano (Sassuolo), Nicola Sansone (Villarreal)

Forwards: Andrea Belotti (Torino), Eder Citadin Martins (Inter), Manolo Gabbiadini (Napoli), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Leonardo Pavoletti (Genoa), Simone Zaza (West Ham United)

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