The Under-18 National Team underwent their first training session in Clairefontaine before facing France tomorrow at 15:00 CEST at the same venue.
After the Tournament of Groups in Rome at the start of January, the test against their French counterparts will be the first official fixture for the side in 2017. Paolo Nicolato has had to drop the injured Enrico Del Prato with Atalanta’s Alessandro Bastoni with Carmine Setola and Alberto Alari taking their places.
Goalkeepers: Michele Cerofolini (Fiorentina), Gabriel Manuel Meli (Empoli);
Defenders: *Alessandro Bastoni (Atalanta), Edoardo Bianchi (Empoli), Alessandro Buongiorno (Torino), *Enrico Del Prato (Atalanta), Gianluca Frabotta (Bologna), Luca Ranieri (Fiorentina), Federico Valietti (Inter);
Midfielders: Federico Chiossi (Modena), Alessandro Di Pardo (Spal), Alessandro Mallamo (Atalanta), Marco Olivieri (Empoli), Riccardo Sottil (Fiorentina), Emanuele Torrasi (Milan), Nicolò Zaniolo (Virtus Entella), Alessio Zerbin (Napoli);
Forwards: Christian Capone (Atalanta), Gianluca Scamacca (Sassuolo).
*withdrew Carmine Setola (Cesena) and Alberto Alari (Atalanta) replace them
Staff – Coordinator for the National Youth Teams: Maurizio Viscidi; Coach: Paolo Nicolato; Assistant Coach: Carmine Nunziata; Secretary: Luca Gatto; Goalkeeping Coach: Davide Quironi; Fitness Coach: Claudio Donatelli; Doctor: Andrea Redler; Physiotherapist: Angelo Cartocci.