Ventura calls up Petagna after Bernardeschi and Gabbiadini both ruled out

Ventura calls up Petagna after Bernardeschi and Gabbiadini both ruled out

Prior to their two upcoming fixtures, Italy’s national team gathered at Coverciano yesterday. The Azzurri will take part in a World Cup qualifier against Albania on Friday 24 in Palermo, before then playing the Netherlands in a friendly in Amsterdam.

There have been two recent withdrawals from the Italy squad, with Bernardeschi and Gabbiadini both suffering injuries over the weekend. Coach Gian Piero Ventura has subsequently called-up Atalanta attacker Andrea Petagna.

The squad will complete their first training session this afternoon.

Squad
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Alex Meret (Spal);
Defenders: Davide Astori (Fiorentina), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Manchester United), Danilo D’Ambrosio (Inter), Mattia De Sciglio (Milan), Alessio Romagnoli (Milan), Daniele Rugani (Juventus), Leonardo Spinazzola (Atalanta), Davide Zappacosta (Torino);
Midfielders: Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Roberto Gagliardini (Inter), Marco Parolo (Lazio), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain);
Wingers: Antonio Candreva (Inter), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Nicola Sansone (Villarreal);
Forwards: Andrea Belotti (Torino), Eder Citadin Martins (Inter), Andrea Petagna (Atalanta), Ciro Immobile (Lazio).

Staff – Coach: Gian Piero Ventura; Team Manager: Gabriele Oriali; Coaches: Salvatore Sullo, Paolo Vanoli and Gianluca Spinelli; Secretary: Mauro Vladovich; Fitness Coaches: Alessandro Innocenti and Giovanni Brignardello; Doctors: Enrico Castellacci and Carmine Costabile; Masseurs: Fabrizio Scalzi, Emanuele Randelli, Alfonso Casano, Pasquale Raia, Walter Martinelli (osteopath).

Schedule

Monday 20 March
h.  13.45  ca  Coach’s press conference
h.  15.30        Training (First 15 minutes open to the media)

Tuesday 21 March
h.  10.30      Training (behind closed doors)
h.  13.30  ca  Meeting with the media (players)
h.  15.30      Training (First 15 minutes open to the media)

Wednesday 22 March
h.  10.30      Training (behind closed doors)
h.  13.30  ca Meeting with the media (players)
h.  15.30      Training (First 15 minutes open to the media)

Thursday 23 March
h.  10.30      Training (First 15 minutes open to the media)
h.   16.00       Departing flight to Palermo from Florence
h.  17.25        Arrive in Palermo and transfer to the stadium
h.  17.45        Walk Around
h.  18.00        Italy press conference(Coach and one player)
h.  18.45        Albania press conference (Coach and one player)
h.  19.30      Albania Training (First 15 minutes open to the media)

Friday 24 March
h.  20.45      QUALIFYING GAME FOR THE 2018 WORLD CUP ITALY-ALBANIA
Meeting the media after the game

Saturday 25 March
h.  11.00        Departing flight for Florence
h.  12.25        Arrive in Florence and transfer to Coverciano
h.  16.00      Training (First 15 minutes open to the media)

Sunday 26 March
h.  10.30      Training (behind closed doors)
h.  13.30 ca   Meeting the media (players)
h.  16.00      Training (First 15 minutes open to the media)

Monday 27 March
h.  10.30      Training (behind closed doors)
h.  16.30        Flight from Florence to Amsterdam
h.  18.50       Arrive in Amsterdam and transfer to stadium
h.  19.15        Walk Around
h.  19.30        Press conference (Coach and one player)

The Netherlands’ team schedule
h 12.15         Training session at the AZ Alkmaar Stadium in Alkmaar (first 15 minutes open to media)
Press conference to follow (Coach and one player)

Tuesday 28 March
h.  20.45    FRIENDLY GAME THE NETHERLANDS-ITALY

After meeting the press, the team will go to the airport and return to Italy

N.B. Media outlets are advised that the accreditation process for Italy vs. Albania (European Qualifier, Palermo, 24th March, 20:45 CEST) and Netherlands vs. Italy (Friendly, Amsterdam, 28th March, 20:45 CEST) will be available from Monday 13th February to 12:00 CEST Monday 13th March 2017. Accreditation is essential if you are to gain access to press conferences, training sessions and the games.

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