5 New Faces of the Italian National Team in 2022 World Cup Qualification

The Italian national team wins Euro 2020. © Pool Getty via AP Photo

Bola.net – The international break this time held several qualifying matches 2022 World Cup. Italy National Team, which last month won Euro 2020, still walking together Roberto Mancini in the coaching chair.

Italy are in Group C and are top of the standings with a perfect score, three wins from three matches. In the international break this time, Bulgaria became his first opponent.

The team nicknamed the Gli Azzurri will also undergo two other matches, namely against Switzerland and also Lithuania. After that, the players are welcome to return to their respective clubs to continue their work in domestic competitions.

Mancini called several players who helped Gli Azzurri win Euro 2020. He also summoned a number of new figures. Here are five players who were not involved in Euro 2020 and were given the opportunity to strengthen the national team for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

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Nicolo Zaniolo

Nicolo Zaniolo

AS Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo. © AP Photo

The figure who is often lined up as ‘the New Francesco Totti’ actually has the capacity to be included in the Euro 2020 squad yesterday. Unfortunately, fate was not in favor of the 22-year-old man.

Two knee injuries have befallen Zaniolo during 2020, one of which was picked up for Italy against the Netherlands in September. As a result, Zaniolo missed many matches.

He could actually come back in April. But the doctors who treated him decided to delay Zaniolo’s return to the field. Now Zaniolo is recovered and ready to take action to take Italy to the 2022 World Cup.

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Moise kean

Moise kean

Moise Kean celebrates after breaking into Istanbul Basaksehir’s goal in the Champions League, Thursday (29/10/2020) early morning. © AP Photo

When making his debut at the age of 16, Kean showed enormous potential in himself. At that young age, Kean scored the debut goal that decided Juventus’ victory over Bologna in the last match of Serie A 2016/17.

Kean has traveled to several clubs, such as Hellas Verona, Everton and even PSG, before finally returning to Juventus in 2021. Last season, he scored 17 goals in 41 appearances for Les Parisien.

After being declared back to Juventus, Kean was also awarded a place in the Italian national team squad. He actually had entered the Gli Azzurri ‘pool’ for Euro 2020, but for no apparent reason Mancini chose not to take him.

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Pierluigi Gollini

Pierluigi Gollini

Atalanta goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini. © AP Photo

Last season, Gollini had the opportunity to appear in 32 matches in all competitions with Atalanta. His score is quite slick, where the 26-year-old goalkeeper only conceded 32 times and kept 13 clean sheets.

That brilliant record made him steal the attention of a big club like Tottenham. The Lilywhites recruited Gollini on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season to become Hugo Lloris’ deputy.

In the Italian national team, Gollini seems to be returning to the status of deputy goalkeeper. Because shifting Gianluigi Donnarumma who became the main goalkeeper in the Euro 2020 event is not an easy matter.

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Lorenzo Pellegrini

Lorenzo Pellegrini

AS Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini. © AS Roma

Like Moise Kean, Pellegrini also briefly entered the Italian national team pool for Euro 2020. But his fate was different, because the 25-year-old man could not be involved due to an injury during training.

In fact, his performance with AS Roma in the 2020/21 season yesterday could be said to be brilliant. He recorded a total of 11 goals and nine assists in 47 appearances in all competitions for the Giallorossi.

This season, Pellegrini has played an important role in Jose Mourinho’s squad which has swept the first two Serie A games with wins. No wonder Mancini entered his name in the Italian squad this time.

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Stefano Sensi

Stefano Sensi

Stefano Sensi, Inter Milan © AP Photo

Stefano Sensi, along with Nicolo Barella, played a crucial role in the success of Inter Milan’s exit as Serie A champions last season. And supposedly, he wanted to be included by Mancini along with other Italian players to appear at Euro 2020.

Sadly, he picked up an injury during a training session so Mancini couldn’t help but drop him from the squad. Sensi’s slot was then filled by Matteo Pessina, who managed to score two goals in yesterday’s grand event.

The 26-year-old midfielder has recovered and played in Inter Milan’s first two Serie A matches. Mancini also gave him the opportunity to show off with the Gli Azzurri in this 2022 World Cup qualifier.

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