Italy will be playing against Spain and Macedonia in the group stage of the European Qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, so Giampiero Ventura has of course unveiled who’s going to play these two games.
AC Milan spent a lot of money improving their youth sector and even on the market in order to form a strong Italian core that could lead both Milan and the Italian national team. As a result, five rossoneri will make up Giampiero Ventura’s team once more.
Gianluigi Donnarumma will be Gianluigi Buffon’s backup again, but he would be the starter if it was only a matter of performances. Alessio Romagnoli and Mattia De Sciglio probably won’t play much because of the high-quality of defenders available to Italy but they will be ready to come in and contribute in-case Ventura calls on them. Giacomo Bonaventura is still not the same as he was last season, but still deserved the call-up thanks to his quality and versatility, while Riccardo Montolivo’s recent form (he was the man of the match against Fiorentina) definitely ensured him a place with the Azzurri once more.
They’re not likely to start any of those games, but it’s still great to see that they’re deserving to be part of the Italy squad.