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OFFICIAL: Italy Squad Announced for Argentina and England friendlies

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The Italy squad for the friendlies against Argentina and England, both which will be played in the Queen’s country.

Buffon and co. will travel first to take on Argentina at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on 23 March before heading south to London to play England at Wembley on 27 March.

Interim-head coach Luigi Di Biagio called up 26 players on Saturday evening for the first games since the debacle in Milano.  Captain Buffon will return to the field for the Azzurri after the devastating defeat against Sweden in November which knocked Italy out of qualification for the World Cup.

Meanwhile, Giacomo Bonventura makes his long awaited return to the Azzurri after missing out several games due to injury. The same could be said for Mattia De Sciglio although he had fallen out of favor with Ventura at the beginning of 2017.

Patrick Cutrone and Federico Chiesa both received their first full national team call ups respectively.

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Mattia Perin (Genoa)

Defenders: Leonardo Bonucci (Milan), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Manchester United), Mattia De Sciglio (Juventus), Gian Marco Ferrari (Sampdoria), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Daniele Rugani (Juventus), Leonardo Spinazzola (Atalanta), Davide Zappacosta (Chelsea);

Midfielders: Giacomo Bonaventura (Milan), Bryan Cristante (Atalanta), Roberto Gagliardini (Inter), Jorge Luiz Frello Jorginho (Napoli), Marco Parolo (Lazio), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain);

Attackers: Andrea Belotti (Torino), Antonio Candreva (Inter), Patrick Cutrone (Milan), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Simone Verdi (Bologna).

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