Nazionale U18

The Azzurrini are ready to take on the French. Two new additions: Piccinini and Ciervo

Corradi’s team will take on their French contemporaries in Clairefontaine tomorrow. Udogie and Da Graca are out, the Coach has called up Astrologo and Bianco

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The Azzurrini are ready to take on the French. Two new additions: Piccinini and Ciervo

After a 3-0 away loss against Turkey on 15 January, the Under-18 National Team are looking for immediate redemption as they take on their French peers in a friendly match, which will take place tomorrow, Wednesday 12 February (11:00 CET) at the French Federal Training Centre in Clairefontaine.

Twenty players, all born in 2002, convened in Rome on Sunday evening and arrived in France on Monday. There are first call-ups for Sassuolo defender Stefano Piccinini and Roma forward Riccardo Ciervo, but there are also two players who drop out from the original group. Verona defender Iyenoma Destiny Udogie and Juventus forward Cosimo Marco Da Graca are both unavailable so Coach Bernardo Corradi calls up two midfielders; Andrea Astrologo of  Roma and Alessandro Bianco of Fiorentina.

Squad List

Goalkeepers: Marco Molla (Bologna), Filippo Rinaldi (Parma);

Defenders: Tommaso Barbieri (Novara), Christian Dalle Mura (Fiorentina), Christian Dimarco (Inter), Stefano Piccinini (Sassuolo), Alessandro Pio Riccio (Juventus), *Iyenoma Destiny Udogie (Verona), Mattia Viti (Empoli);

Midfielders: Riccardo Boscolo Chio (Inter), Edoardo Bove (Roma), Michael Brentan (Sampdoria), Nikola Sekulov (Juventus), Diego Orlando Simonetta (Sassuolo), Filippo Tripi (Roma);

Forwards: Alessandro Arlotti (Monaco), Nicholas Bonfanti (Inter), Andrea Capone (Milan), Riccardo Ciervo (Roma), **Cosimo Marco Da Graca (Juventus).

*out of the squad, Andrea Astrologo (Roma) replaces him

**out of the sqaud, Alessandro Bianco (Fiorentina) replaces him

Staff – Coach: Bernardo Corradi; Assistant Coach: Elvis Abbruscato; Secretary: Luca Gatto; Fitness Coach: Mattia Modonutti; Goalkeeping Coach: Davide Quironi; Dcotor: Valerio Andreozzi; Physiotherapist: Angelo Cartocci.