Mancini calls 53 young players for Italy trials

Roberto Mancini Italy training smile

Italy coach Roberto Mancini has called up 53 players for a training camp from May 24-26, including an Udinese youngster born in 2006.

The plan for the sessions is to give Mancini and his staff the opportunity to see potential Azzurri newcomers in action.

It should also help those from the youth squads to be prepared for a step up to the senior level.

As there are 53 players, they will be split into two groups in two training sessions.

There are 29 Serie A figures, 18 in Serie B and six who play their club football outside of the Peninsula.

The youngest in the group is Udinese creative midfielder Simone Pafundi, who was born in 2006, while the oldest is Empoli goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario at a ripe old 25.

As the Serie B promotion play-offs are still going on, and Roma will play the Conference League Final against Feyenoord on May 25, those representatives are not included.

The only potential exception is Pisa striker Lorenzo Lucca, who will be called if his team is eliminated from the play-offs early.

Group 1

Raoul Bellanova (Cagliari)
Nicolò Cambiaghi (Pordenone)
Marco Carnesecchi (Cremonese)
Nicolò Casale (Verona)
Giuseppe Caso (Cosenza)
Alessandro Cortinovis (Reggina)
Sebastiano Esposito (Basel)
Denis Franchi (Paris Saint Germain)
Matteo Gabbia (Milan)
Federico Gatti (Frosinone)
Matteo Lovato (Cagliari)
Lorenzo Lucca (Pisa)
Daniel Maldini (Milan)
Filippo Melegoni (Genoa)
Fabiano Parisi (Empoli)
Giacomo Quagliata (Heracles Almelo)
Filippo Ranocchia (Vicenza)
Samuele Ricci (Torino)
Nicolò Rovella (Genoa)
Eddie Anthony Salcedo (Spezia)
Riccardo Sottil (Fiorentina)
Destiny Iyenoma Udogie (Udinese)
Guglielmo Vicario (Empoli)
Emanuel Vignato (Bologna)
Kelvin Yeboah (Genoa)
Nadir Zortea (Salernitana)


Group 2

Tommaso Baldanzi (Empoli)
Riccardo Calafiori (Genoa)
Andrea Cambiaso (Genoa)
Matteo Cancellieri (Verona)
Lorenzo Colombo (Spal)
Diego Coppola (Verona)
Christian Dalle Mura (Pordenone)
Sebastiano Desplanches (Milan)
Salvatore Esposito (Spal)
Nicolò Fagioli (Cremonese)
Gianluca Gaetano (Cremonese)
Wilfried Gnonto (Fussballclub Zurich)
Jean Freddi Pascal Greco (Vicenza)
Caleb Okoli (Cremonese)
Tommaso Mancini (Vicenza)
Tommaso Milanese (Alessandria)
Marco Nasti (Milan)
Gaetano Oristanio (Volendam)
Simone Pafundi (Udinese)
Pietro Pellegri (Torino)
Roberto Piccoli (Genoa)
Alessandro Plizzari (Lecce)
Matteo Ruggeri (Salernitana)
Alessandro Sorrentino (Pescara)
Franco Tongya (Olympique Marseille)
Mattia Viti (Empoli)
Alessandro Zanoli (Napoli)

19 Comments on “Mancini calls 53 young players for Italy trials”

  1. if serie a wasn’t so obsessed with producing Argentinians and italy thinking its argentina, we would have seen more of alot of these players, they need to grow in peace and not be trash talked before they have even had opportunities, serie a is pathetic

  2. This is a great initiative Mancini. If anything, it may give the respective coaches of the teams who these players are representing a kick up the backside and perhaps implement these youngsters into the senior squad.

  3. It is good to see Simone Pafundi and Wilfried Gnonto. However, why exclude Daniele Ghilardi? He is the finest defender under 20.

  4. Where are all the pro-italian fans who think foreign players are destroying the chances of young upcoming national players? I was expecting to see hundreds of comments from you guys on such an important issue. 🧐

    This is great news and a step in the right direction. Clubs and their senior coaches need to follow suit and start trusting the young players more.

  5. Great news, not in the same way, but Zaniolo was discovered / unleashed pre serie a debut, due to an early call up from Mancini albeit to the senior squad training camp.

    Step in the right direction.

  6. This is Mancini initiative. Kudos to him. This is among the reason I want him to stay. He is taking his own-initiative to help the Nazionale. But it won’t work unless they get regular playing time with clubs. Believe if Serie A clubs don’t change their thinking most these players will be called up to Nazionale while playing in Serie B.

  7. @Brandon…

    To my point.

    Regardless of Mussolini’s lineage, players ought to be chosen based on quality and potential.

    Mussolini is precisely that kind of player with much potential. He should be called to the Nazionale.

  8. Christian Volpato should also be called to the senior team before we potentially lose him to Australia.

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