Il Corriere dello Sport reports that Nicolò Zaniolo, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Moise Kean, Mattia Zaccagni and Manuel Lazzari are among the players who must regain Roberto Mancini’s trust to earn a call-up for the next international fixtures.
The CT is unhappy due to the behaviour of some of his stars who did not feature in the last two Nations League games against England and Hungary.
“The door to the national team is open to everyone, even to those who didn’t behave right at the moment,” the coach said on Wednesday, adding that in order to gain a call-up to the team, they should “just apologise to their teammates.”
They didn’t take part in Italy’s last two games because they were not fully fit. However, Mancini believes that their physical issues have been somehow ‘blown out of proportion’ to rest during the break and be fit for their clubs.
The CT had already made his disappointment public before the start of the international break last week when he sent a first clear message to the absentees: “Players must feel the desire to be here also in difficult situations. It’s not that sometimes they come and other times they don’t because they have other things to think about.”
Mancini expects a greater sense of belonging from every player involved with the national team so he will closely scrutinise these five ahead of the next friendly games.