ROME – Young players Stefano Sensi, Sandro Tonali and Vincenzo Grifo were called up on Friday, for the first time, to play on Italy’s national team by coach Roberto Mancini, according to the Italian soccer federation (FIGC).
Mancini continues his project to renew the Italian national Gli Azzurri team, giving the opportunity to midfielders Sensi, 22, who has recently been shining with Sassuolo and Tonali, 18, who plays at second-tier team of Brescia, in addition to Hoffenheim’s winger Grifo, 25, an Italo-German born in Germany.
Other young talents have been called up regularly to join Italy’s roster, including Lorenzo Pellegrini, 22, Nicolo Barella, 21, and Federico Chiesa, 21.
Italy is set to host Portugal in a UEFA Nations League match on Nov. 17, then to play against the United States in a friendly game three days later.
The full list of Gli Azzurri is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Alessio Cragno (Cagliari), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan) and Salvatore Sirigu (Torino).
Defenders: Cristiano Biraghi (Fiorentina), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Mattia De Sciglio (Juventus), Emerson Palmieri Dos Santos (Chelsea), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Alessio Romagnoli (Milan) and Daniele Rugani (Juventus).
Midfielders: Nicolo Barella (Cagliari), Roberto Gagliardini (Inter), Jorginho (Chelsea), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Stefano Sensi (Sassuolo), Sandro Tonali (Brescia) and Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain).
Forwards: Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Vincenzo Grifo (Hoffenheim), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Kevin Lasagna (Udinese), Leonardo Pavoletti (Cagliari) and Matteo Politano (Inter).