Roberto Mancini has given Luiz Felipe and Joao Pedro their first Azzurri call ups ahead of this international break.
The Italian coach is hard at work preparing a squad for the upcoming World Cup play-offs against North Macedonia and the winner of Portugal-Turkey, and he is looking to strengthen his team ahead of these crucial games.
As seen in an official announcement, Luiz Felipe and Joao Pedro have both been given their first call ups to the Italian national team. Both players are Brazilian natives but have Italian heritage, and they’re the latest in the line of oriundi to play for the Azzurri, with recent examples being Emerson Palmieri and Jorginho.
The 24-year-old Luiz Felipe has been a core part of Maurizio Sarri’s Lazio squad this season and has impressed, whilst Joao Pedro has been one of the few bright spots for a struggling Cagliari this season, scoring 10 goals in 23 league matches.
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