A total of 24 players have been called up for the National Team’s training camp at Coverciano from Monday 26th to Wednesday 28th February. This will be the Azzurri’s first camp of 2018, although will not include players taking part in the postponed week 7 Serie A TIM encounter (Cagliari vs. Napoli) and or from the four clubs who’ll be involved in the Coppa Italia semi-finals (Atalanta, Juventus, Lazio and Milan). The only exception is Atalanta’s Alessandro Bastoni, with the club having give their permission.
The training camp will begin at midday on Monday following a press conference with coach Luigi Di Biagio. He will be taking charge of the National Team for their two friendlies against Argentina and England, which will be played in Manchester and London on March 23rd and 27th respectively. Following their two sessions on Monday and Tuesday afternoon, the Azzurri will then face Fiorentina’s Primavera side on Wednesday at midday.
Goalkeepers: Simone Scuffet (Udinese), Alex Meret (Spal);
Defenders: Alessandro Bastoni (Atalanta), Cristiano Biraghi (Fiorentina), Antonio Barreca (Torino), Davide Biraschi (Genoa), Kevin Bonifazi (Torino), Federico Ceccherini (Crotone), Gian Marco Ferrari (Sampdoria), Lorenzo Venuti (Benevento), Francesco Zampano (Udinese);
Midfielders: Daniele Baselli (Torino), Marco Benassi (Fiorentina), Danilo Cataldi (Benevento), Alberto Grassi (Spal), Rolando Mandragora (Crotone), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma);
Forwards: Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Gianluca Caprari (Sampdoria), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Federico Di Francesco (Bologna), Roberto Inglese (Chievo Verona), Andrea Pinamonti (Inter), Matteo Politano (Sassuolo).
Staff – Head Coach: Luigi Di Biagio; Team Manager: Gabriele Oriali; National Youth Coordinator: Maurizio Viscidi; Coaches: Massimo Mutarelli and Antonio Chimenti; Secretary: Mauro Vladovich; Fitness Coaches: Vito Azzone and Giovanni Brignardello; Match Analysts: Antonio Gagliardi and Filippo Lorenzon; Doctors: Angelo De Carli and Carmine Costabile; Masseurs and physiotherapists: Alfonso Casano, Maurizio Fagorzi, Walter Martinelli.
Training camp schedule
Monday 26th February
12:00 CET – Squad to gather at Coverciano
12:00 – Press conference with the coach
15.30 – Training (open to accredited press)
Tuesday 27th February
15:00 – Training (behind closed doors)
Wednesday 28th February
12:00 – Practice match against Fiorentina’s Primavera side (open to accredited press). The players will meet the media post-match.