Just four hours after the match between Italy U17 and Spain U17 in Vinovo on Wednesday 17th January, the U19 representatives of the two countries will face each other in Guadalajara at the Pedro Escartin stadium (ko 19:00) in the Azzurrini's first official match of 2018.
20 Azzurrini have been called up to the squad which will assemble on Sunday 14th January in Milan. The team will then fly to Spain the following day. It will be the first of two friendlies for Paolo Nicolato's men – the second is against France on 21st February – before they host the Elite Round of qualifying for the European Championship from 21st to 27th March where they will face Czech Republic, Greece and Poland.
Goalkeepers: Michele Cerofolini (Fiorentina), Alessandro Plizzari (Ternana);
Defenders: Alessandro Bastoni (Atalanta), Raoul Bellanova (Milan), Davide Bettella (Inter), Edoardo Bianchi (Empoli), Alessandro Buongiorno (Torino), Antonio Candela (Spezia), Alessandro Tripaldelli (Juventus), Federico Valietti (Inter);
Midfielders: Davide Frattesi (Sassuolo), Matteo Gabbia (Milan), Alessandro Mallamo (Atalanta), Andrea Marcucci (Roma), Filippo Melegoni (Atalanta);
Forwards: Christian Capone (Pescara), Marco Olivieri (Juventus), Andrea Pinamonti (Inter), Gianluca Scamacca (Sassuolo), Nicolò Zaniolo (Inter).
Staff – Head of Delegation: Massimo Paganin; National Youth Coordinator: Maurizio Viscidi; Coach: Paolo Nicolato; Assistant coach: Mirco Gasparetto; Secretary: Aldo Blessich; Fitness coach: Vincenzo Pincolini; Goalkeeping coach: Gian Matteo Mareggini; Team doctor: Matteo Vitali; Physiotherapist: Nicola Sanna.