Italy U-21 coach Gigi Di Biagio has called up 27 players to his pre tournament squad ahead of this Summer’s Uefa U-21 European Championships.
Di Biagio’s squad includes 6 Nerazzurri youngsters in Francesco Bardi, Matteo Bianchetti, Cristiano Biraghi, Marco Benassi, Lorenzo Crisetig and Samuele Longo.
The squad will meet for a training camp then play in a yet to be arranged friendly before the squad is trimmed to the 23 players that will go to the Czech Republic.
Here is the full list of players called up:
Goalkeepers: Bardi (Chievo), Leali (Cesena), Sportiello (Atalanta)
Defenders: Barba (Empoli), Bianchetti (Spezia), Biraghi (Chievo), Izzo (Genoa), Murru (Cagliari), Romagnoli (Sampdoria), Rugani (Empoli), Sabelli (Bari), Zappacosta (Atalanta)
Midfielders: Baselli (Atalanta), Battocchio (Virtus Entella), Benassi (Torino), Cataldi (Lazio), Crisetig (Cagliari), Dezi (Crotone), Sturaro (Juventus), Verre (Perugia), Viviani (Latina)
Forwards: Belotti (Palermo), Berardi (Sassuolo), Bernadeschi (Fiorentina), Longo (Cagliari), Trotta (Avellino), Verdi (Empoli)