Toronto’s Sebastian Giovinco has been officially called up to Italy’s squad for matches against Ukraine and Poland, marking the first time since 2015 that the MLS star has been called up for his country.
There will be no place for Mario Balotelli, however, who will miss out again after being cut from the side that lost to Portugal in September.
“It happens that you can have a bad game,” Azzurri coach Roberto Mancini said, according to ESPN FC. “When you play well, you get lots of praise and if you don’t play well, you get a lot of criticism and it’s just part of being a footballer. Everybody sees the game they want to, and frankly, I’m not worried.”
Here is the Italy squad:
Goalkeepers: Alessio Cragno (Cagliari), Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan), Mattia Perin (Juventus), Salvatore Sirigu (Torino)
Defenders: Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Cristiano Biraghi (Fiorentina), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Domenico Criscito (Genoa), Danilo D’Ambrosio (Inter Milan), Emerson Palmieri (Chelsea), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Alessio Romagnoli (AC Milan)
Midfielders: Nicolo Barella (Cagliari), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Giacomo Bonaventura (AC Milan), Roberto Gagliardini (Inter Milan), Jorginho (Chelsea), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain)
Forwards: Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Gianluca Caprari (Sampdoria), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Patrick Cutrone (AC Milan), Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Simone Zaza (Torino)