Despite the coaching change from Roberto Mancini to Luciano Spalletti, Davide Calabria once again wasn’t called up by Italy, even though he’s been a regular and pretty reliable for Milan for a few years in a row, Goal relays.
The new Azzurri manager selected his lieutenant Giovanni Di Lorenzo and Matteo Darmian as the right-backs for his first two matches against North Macedonia and Ukraine.
Calabria has seven caps with Italy to his name. He debuted with Mancini in 2020. Afterward, he was extensively snubbed, also due to physical problems, until June 2022. He’ll try to sway the new national team gaffer through his performances this campaign.
The Rossoneri aren’t represented in the latest Azzurri squad. Considering the departure of Sandro Tonali, very few are eligible. Other than the right back, the others don’t have big roles: Alessandro Florenzi, Tommaso Pobega, Marco Sportiello, Matteo Caldara, and Antonio Mirante. The versatile ex-Roma staple has often been part of the group despite being a backup for his team.
Our Take on Calabria and Italy
Di Lorenzo is going to be the unquestioned starter until he falls off a cliff, which shouldn’t happen anytime soon. Still, it’s rough to lose out to Darmian, who’s solid but hasn’t played in a four-man defense in ages.
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