Bastoni Among Three Newly Joined Italian Squad

Alessandro Bastoni, Gian Marco Ferrari and Mattia Zaccagni are the latest players to be called up to join the Italian squad ahead of three international matches in the near future.

The central defenses, Bastoni and Ferrari, will be the substitutes for Angelo Ogbonna and Alessio Romagnoli, who suffered injuries while representing their respective clubs last weekend.

Bastoni was initially only listed in the B-21 squad but will now join the senior team ahead of a friendly against Estonia early this Thursday morning.

It was the second call for Inter’s defense after being listed last August while Hellas Verona midfielder Zaccagni was named in the senior squad for the first time.

Zaccagni stole the spotlight while tying AC Milan 2-2 at the San Siro last weekend with no other Verona player able to do more touchdowns (57), complete passes (23) or overcome air clashes (18).

Ferrari, who has yet to make any appearances with Italy, arrived at the Coverciano Training Center today after he and his teammates in Sassuolo finished undergoing quarantine.

The Azzurri squad is still awaiting permission from the health authorities to allow the presence of their 16 players following the cross-border ban on coronavirus.

Last week, head coach Roberto Mancini tested positive for COVID-19 and reportedly will not be involved in the match against Estonia, which will be followed by matches against Poland and Bosnia-Herzegovina in the European League.

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