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The Ventura-era will get underway at the Stadio San Nicola in Bari against France.

Leonardo Bonucci has been excluded from tonight’s game due to family leave. Ventura has chosen to replace the Juventus fullback with Davide Astori from Fiorentina.

In the midfield it’s more of the same except for the inclusion of Giacomo Bonaventura, who will get just his third cap with the Italian national team.

Graziano Pellè has been surprisingly included in tonight’s match coming from China. It appears Ventura is looking to continue from where Antonio Conte left off, just a little 6 weeks ago.

Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba returns to an Italian field for the first time since being transferred.

Italy: Buffon; Barzagli, Astori, Chiellini; Candreva, Parolo, De Rossi, Bonaventura, De Sciglio; Pellè, Eder

France: Mandanda; Sidibe, Varane, Koscielny, Kurzawa; Pogba, Kanté, Matuidi; Griezmann, Giroud, Martial

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