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Five Milan Players Called Up For Italy's Euro 2016 Qualifiers

Antonio Conte decided to call up five Rossoneri players for Italy's EURO 2016 qualifying round games against Azerbaijan and Norway.

De Sciglio, El Shaarawy and Montolivo spending some time on the pitch in Baku.
De Sciglio, El Shaarawy and Montolivo spending some time on the pitch in Baku.
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Despite he major bad moment Milan's had in the Serie A recently, five Rossoneri evidently played well enough to deserve a call-up to the Italian National Team for the last two games of their EURO 2016 qualifying round. Mattia De Sciglio, Luca Antonelli, Riccardo Montolivo, Andrea Bertolacci and Giacomo Bonaventura are the five Milan players that will wear the revered Azzurri shirt in the next two games against Azerbaijan and Norway. Here's the entire list of Antonio Conte's choices:

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Daniele Padelli (Torino), Salvatore Sirigu (PSG).

Defenders: Davide Astori (Fiorentina), Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Manchester United), Mattia De Sciglio, Luca Antonelli (Milan), Andrea Ranocchia (Inter).

Midfielders: Andrea Bertolacci, Riccardo Montolivo, Giacomo Bonaventura (Milan), Marco Parolo (Lazio), Andrea Pirlo (New York City), Marco Verratti (PSG), Roberto Soriano (Sampdoria), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma).

Forwards: Antonio Candreva (Lazio), Eder (Sampdoria), Stephan El Shaarawy (Monaco), Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC), Graziano Pellè (Southampton), Simone Zaza (Juventus), Fabio Quagliarella (Torino).

Projected Lineup:

ITA-AZE formation correction

So how do Milan's players fit into Antonio Conte's offensive 4-4-2 formation? As you can see in the projected starting lineup, the five Rossoneri will feature on the bench, except for Antonelli, who's expected to start as left back. Montolivo, Bonaventura and Bertolacci do not fit well in a 4-4-2 formation, which is the main reason why they're likely to be benched tonight against Azerbaijan, but they'd be important players, especially Bonaventura and Bertolacci, if Conte opted to switch to a 4-3-3 or 3-5-2 during the match. Italy's manager doesn't want to take any risky decisions for today's game since the Azzurri would clinch a berth in France next year with a victory. If everything goes the right way today, the Rossoneri could be awarded with some playing time on Tuesday against Norway.