Italy: Roberto Mancini calls three other players

Due to uncertainties linked to the coronavirus pandemic, Italy coach Roberto Mancini has summoned Alessandro Bastoni (Inter Milan), Gian Marco Ferrari (Sassuolo) and Mattia Zaccagni (Hellas Verona).

Italy coach Roberto Mancini called on Monday 3 additional players for the 3 matches scheduled during the international truce, due to forfeits and uncertainties related to the coronavirus pandemic, the Italian Football Federation said on Monday.

Defenders Alessandro Bastoni (Inter Milan) and Gian Marco Ferrari (Sassuolo), as well as midfielder Mattia Zaccagni (Hellas Verona), a newcomer, have been summoned. These new arrivals must make up for the absence of defenders Angelo Obinze Ogbonna (West Ham), Alessio Romagnoli (AC Milan) and Domenico Criscito (Genoa), and striker Francesco Caputo (Sassuolo). These reinforcements were also announced in anticipation of possible additional absences due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Travel bans

Several Italian clubs, such as Lazio Rome, AS Rome and Fiorentina, are in isolation and the health authorities in their respective regions have not yet authorised the departure of internationals to the national teams. On the other hand, the three Sassuolo internationals, also in isolation after positive cases at Covid-19 within the club, should be able to join the selection on Tuesday.

The president of the Italian Federation, Gabriele Gravina, regretted the lack of uniformity in the decisions of the Italian health authorities, depending on the region, some having authorized the departure of internationals, others not: “We are the only Federation in Europe with a problem of this type,” he said in a statement released on Monday.

41 players summoned by Roberto Mancini

Of the 41 players called up by Roberto Mancini for the matches against Estonia (friendly), Poland and Bosnia-Herzegovina (League of Nations), 19 were present Monday afternoon at the first training session in Florence. A further 11 are expected from Tuesday evening, including those who have been given 48 hours off because they play for clubs involved in European Cup matches.

Mancini himself is currently in isolation after contracting Covid-19 and will be leading the Azzurri from a distance at least until the weekend. For Italy-Estonia on Wednesday he will be replaced on the bench by his deputy Alberico Evani.

Unbeaten in 19 matches, Italy is second in its League of Nations group, 1 point behind Poland.

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