Italy Head Coach Ventura called up 25 players for Italy vs Albania 24 March and Netherlands vs Italy 28 March 2017

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Italy Head Coach Gian Piero Ventura has called up 25 players for the World Cup Qualifier game Italy vs Albania on Friday 24 March and the International Friendly Netherlands vs Italy on Tuesday 28 March 2017.  There are 3 players receiving their first called ups:  SPAL goalkeeper Alex Meret, Atalanta’s Leonardo Spinazzola and Inter’s Danilo D’Ambrosio.

As reported by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), the team will meet on Sunday 19th March at the Technical Center Coverciano.

  •  Italy vs. Albania at the Stadio Renzo Barbera (following Italy’s 1-0 win in 2014, this will be only the second encounter between the two teams), in what will be the fifth round of European qualifiers in Group G. Meanwhile, Spain (joint-leading the group with Italy on 10 points) will take on Israel, who are positioned in third place and are three points ahead of Albania.  The Azzurri have a positive record in Palermo (13 games played, 11 wins, one draw and only one defeat, which was in 1994 against Croatia).

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Italy Squad

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Alex Meret (Spal 2013);

Defenders: Davide Astori (Fiorentina), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Manchester United), Danilo D’Ambrosio (Inter), Mattia De Sciglio (Milan), Alessio Romagnoli (Milan), Daniele Rugani (Juventus), Leonardo Spinazzola (Atalanta), Davide Zappacosta (Torino);

Midfielders: Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Roberto Gagliardini (Inter), Marco Parolo (Lazio), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain);

Wingers: Federico Bernardeschi (Fiorentina), Antonio Candreva (Inter), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Matteo Politano (Sassuolo), Nicola Sansone (Villarreal), Simone Verdi (Bologna);

Forwards: Andrea Belotti (Torino), Eder Citadin Martins (Inter), Manolo Gabbiadini (Southampton), Ciro Immobile (Lazio).

Staff – Coach: Gian Piero Ventura; Team Manager: Gabriele Oriali; Coaches: Salvatore Sullo, Paolo Vanoli and Gianluca Spinelli; Secretary: Mauro Vladovich; Fitness Coaches: Alessandro Innocenti and Giovanni Brignardello; Doctors: Enrico Castellacci and Carmine Costabile; Masseurs: Fabrizio Scalzi, Emanuele Randelli, Alfonso Casano, Pasquale Raia, Walter Martinelli (osteopath).

Italy Team Training Schedule
Sunday 19 March
Squad gathering at Coverciano

Monday 20 March
h.  13.45  ca  Coach’s press conference
h.  15.30        Training (First 15 minutes open to the media)

Tuesday 21 March
h.  10.30      Training (behind closed doors)
h.  13.30  ca  Meeting with the media (players)
h.  15.30      Training (First 15 minutes open to the media)

Wednesday 22 March
h.  10.30      Training (behind closed doors)
h.  13.30  ca Meeting with the media (players)
h.  15.30      Training (First 15 minutes open to the media)

Thursday 23 March
h.  10.30      Training (First 15 minutes open to the media)
h.   16.00       Departing flight to Palermo from Florence
h.  17.25        Arrive in Palermo and transfer to the stadium
h.  17.45        Walk Around
h.  18.00        Italy press conference(Coach and one player)
h.  18.45        Albania press conference (Coach and one player)
h.  19.30      Albania Training (First 15 minutes open to the media)

Friday 24 March
Meeting the media after the game

Saturday 25 March
h.  11.00        Departing flight for Florence
h.  12.25        Arrive in Florence and transfer to Coverciano
h.  16.00      Training (First 15 minutes open to the media)

Sunday 26 March
h.  10.30      Training (behind closed doors)
h.  13.30 ca   Meeting the media (players)
h.  16.00      Training (First 15 minutes open to the media)

Monday 27 March
h.  10.30      Training (behind closed doors)
h.  16.30        Flight from Florence to Amsterdam
h.  18.50       Arrive in Amsterdam and transfer to stadium
h.  19.15        Walk Around
h.  19.30        Press conference (Coach and one player)

The Netherlands’ team schedule
h 12.15         Training session at the AZ Alkmaar Stadium in Alkmaar (first 15 minutes open to media)
Press conference to follow (Coach and one player)

Tuesday 28 March

After meeting the press, the team will go to the airport and return to Italy

N.B. Media outlets are advised that the accreditation process for Italy vs. Albania (European Qualifier, Palermo, 24th March, 20:45 CEST) and Netherlands vs. Italy (Friendly, Amsterdam, 28th March, 20:45 CEST) will be available from Monday 13th February to 12:00 CEST Monday 13th March 2017. Accreditation is essential if you are to gain access to press conferences, training sessions and the games.