Friday, 28 August 2009

[U21] Fresh faces for qualifiers

Italy Under-21 coach Pierluigi Casiraghi has named six new faces in his squad for next week's UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying double-header against Wales and Luxembourg.

Lorenzo Crisetig (l) with U17 team-mate Simone MagnaghiCasiraghi is in the process of building a new group of players, with the initial aim to navigate through the tricky qualifying stages and reach the 2011 tournament in Denmark.

The 23-man squad includes 16-year-old Inter midfielder Lorenzo Crisetig, who could make history as the youngest ever player to feature for the Azzurrini at this level.

Sampdoria pair Guido Marilungo and Roberto Soriano are also called up for the first time, as are Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin, and defenders Gabriele Angella of Empoli and Alessandro Tuia of Monza.

Manchester United sensation Federico Macheda, Inter star Mario Balotelli, and Parma hitman Alberto Paloschi are some of the more high-profile players who will gather for training in Milan on Monday.

Italy, who reached the semi-finals of this year's European Championships in Sweden, begin their qualifying campaign against Wales in Swansea on September 4 at 19:45 (UK time), followed by the home game against Luxembourg in Novara at 20:00 four days later.

The Azzurrini are in
qualifying Group 3, which is already underway and contains Bosnia-Herzegovina and Hungary.

If Crisetig plays any part in the upcoming matches, he will beat the current record of youngest Under-21 player held by Macheda, who made his debut aged 18 in the 3-2 defeat to Russia in a friendly earlier this month.

Italy squad
Goalkeepers: Vincenzo Fiorillo (Sampdoria), Mattia Perin (Genoa), Andrea Seculin (Fiorentina).
Defenders: Gabriele Angella (Empoli), Lorenzo Ariaudo (Juventus), Giuseppe Bellusci (Catania), Davide Brivio (Vicenza), Matteo Gentili (Varese), Andrea Ranocchia (Bari), Andrea Rispoli (Brescia), Alessandro Tuia (Monza Brianza).
Midfielders: Antonino Barilla (Reggina), Francesco Bolzoni (Frosinone), Ivan Castiglia (Cittadella), Lorenzo Crisetig (Inter), Mattia Mustacchio (Ancona), Andrea Poli (Sampdoria), Roberto Soriano (Sampdoria).
Forwards: Mario Balotelli (Inter), Federico Macheda (Manchester United), Guido Marilungo (Sampdoria), Alberto Paloschi (Parma), Ivan Pasquato (Empoli).

Source: FIGC

1 comment:

  1. casiraghi should have been sacked after the last championship in svezia.