Italy squad named with teenager Pietro Pellegri called up

Onefootball Lewis Ambrose

Roberto Mancini has named a 31-man squad for the upcoming international break.

The Italy boss has recalled defender Giorgio Chiellini for the first time since Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup almost a year ago.

There is also a place in the squad for Nice forward Mario Balotelli and he isn’t the only Ligue 1 striker called up – 17-year-old Pietro Pellegri is in the squad for the first time a week after scoring his first goal for AS Monaco.

Alessio Cragno, Manuel Lazzari, Cristiano Biraghi, and Nicolò Zaniolo have also been called up for the first time in their careers.

Goalkeepers

Alessio Cragno (Cagliari), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Mattia Perin (Juventus), Salvatore Sirigu (Torino)

Defenders

Cristiano Biraghi (Fiorentina), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Mattia Caldara (Milan), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Domenico Criscito (Genoa), Emerson Palmieri (Chelsea), Manuel Lazzari (Spal), Alessio Romagnoli (Milan), Daniele Rugani (Juventus), Davide Zappacosta (Chelsea)

Midfielders

Nicolò Barella (Cagliari), Marco Benassi (Fiorentina), Bryan Cristante (Roma), Roberto Gagliardini (Inter), Jorginho (Chelsea), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Nicolò Zaniolo (Roma)

Forwards

Mario Balotelli (Nizza), Andrea Belotti (Torino), Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Giacomo Bonaventura (Milan), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Pietro Pellegri (Monaco), Simone Zaza (Torino).