Jorginho first non-native Italy captain since 1960

by | Sep 8, 2021 19:05

Jorginho will wear the armband for the first time this evening as Italy take on Lithuania, becoming the first non-native Italian captain since 1960.

The World Cup qualifier kicks off at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

You can follow all the build-up and action as it happens on the LIVEBLOG.

World Cup qualifier Liveblog: Italy vs. Lithuania

The Azzurri are decimated by injuries and Jorginho is one of the only experienced players in the starting XI at the Mapei Stadium in Reggio-Emilia.

The Chelsea midfielder is therefore chosen as the captain, just days after seeing his penalty saved in a 0-0 draw against Switzerland.

This will be the 38th cap for the 29-year-old, who was born in Brazil and moved to Italy at the age of 15.

It’s his first time wearing the armband for the Azzurri, but it also makes him only the second non-native Italian to have been captain for the Nazionale.

The other was Miguel Angel Montuori, who captained Italy twice in 1959 and 1960.

Montuori was born in Argentina and spent most of his career at Fiorentina from 1955 to retirement in 1961, which was forced by a head injury that gave him double vision.

He had 12 caps for Italy, scoring two goals, and was the captain during a friendly against Spain in February 1959 and another test with Switzerland in January 1960.

Jorginho with the trophy

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