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Women’s World Cup qualifying: 25 Azzurre called up for games against Croatia and Lithuania, Guagni returns

Italy head to Castel di Sangro on Monday to prepare for the game on Friday 22 October. It’s then off to Vilnius for the second match on 26 October

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Women’s World Cup qualifying: 25 Azzurre called up for games against Croatia and Lithuania, Guagni returns

One month on from the wins against Moldova and Croatia in the first two games in Group G, the Azzurre are ready to continue their 2023 World Cup qualifying campaign. On Friday 22 October, Italy take on Croatia again, this time at the Stadio Teofilo Patini in Castel di Sangro (17:30 CEST) before they head to Vilnius to take on Lithuania on the 26th (17:30 CEST).

The team will meet in Roma on Sunday and travel to Castel di Sangro the following day to begin prep work. Milena Bertolini has called up 25 players for these two games. The new faces are Katja Schroffenegger, Giada Greggi – she scored in the Azzurre’s game at the Patini two years ago – and Alia Guagni, who is finally back after spending over a year away from the team due to various injury problems. Not called up meanwhile was Manuela Giugliano, who is still suffering from the same knee injury that forced her to miss the trip to Croatia.

Media accreditations: we would like to make media members are that, from today and until Wednesday 20 October (12:00 CEST), the accreditation process for the game in Castel di Sangro will be running exclusively via our online portal: You will be able to make your accreditation request after registering to the FIGC Accreditations portal.

Squad list

Goalkeepers: Rachele Baldi (Roma), Francesca Durante (Inter), Laura Giuliani (Milan), Katja Schroffenegger (Fiorentina);

Defenders: Elisa Bartoli (Roma), Valentina Bergamaschi (Milan), Lisa Boattin (Juventus), Lucia Di Guglielmo (Roma), Sara Gama (Juventus), Alia Guagni (Atletico Madrid), Martina Lenzini (Juventus), Elena Linari (Roma), Cecilia Salvai (Juventus);

Midfielders: Arianna Caruso (Juventus), Valentina Cernoia (Juventus), Aurora Galli (Everton), Giada Greggi (Roma), Martina Rosucci (Juventus);

Attackers: Barbara Bonansea (Juventus), Sofia Cantore (Sassuolo), Valentina Giacinti (Milan), Cristiana Girelli (Juventus), Benedetta Glionna (Roma), Valeria Pirone (Roma), Annamaria Serturini (Roma).

Schedule (All times CEST)

Sunday 17 October
Players meet in Rome

Monday 18 October
Travel to Castel di Sangro
16:00 - Training

Tuesday 19 October
10:00 - Training
16:00 - Training

Wednesday 20 October
16:00 - Training

Thursday 21 October
15:00 - Press conference coach and captain*
16:00 - Training

Friday 22 October

Saturday 23 October
10:30 - Training

Sunday 24 October
Charter flight to Vilnius

Monday 25 October
17:30 - Training at the LFF Stadium

Tuesday 26 October
Travel to the airport after the match and return home