Italy new boss Giampiero Ventura has named his squad for France in an international friendly fixture and Israel in a World Cup qualifying game.
Ventura who replaced Antonio Conte after the 2016 Euros and his Azzurri side will begin their new era with a friendly against France on September 1 at the Stadio San Nicola in Bari.
Ventura makes several changes from Antonio Conte’s Euro 2016 picks, including the introduction of 17-year-old Milan goalkeeper Donnarumma and Torino striker Belotti. Donnarumma becomes the youngest player to be called up for the senior Italy squad since 1911.
The cahnges also include Andrea Belotti and Alessio Romagnoli as reported on Football-Italia.
Italy will then travel to Israel for a 2018 World Cup qualifier on September 5 in Haifa. The squad will arrive at the Coverciano camp on Sunday night and Monday morning to begin training with their new Coach.
That fixture is also going to be the first ever to use VAR (Video Assistant Referee) technology in an off-line experiment.
They aren’t the only ones promoted from the Under-21 side, as Milan defender Romagnoli and Juventus centre-back Daniele Rugani also step up.
Ciro Immobile returns following his move to Lazio, while Andrea Barzagli has indeed walked back his decision to retire from international duty.
Surprisingly, Manolo Gabbiadini and Graziano Pellè are also brought back.
Goalkeepers: Buffon (Juventus), Donnarumma (Milan), Marchetti (Lazio)
Defenders: Antonelli (Milan), Astori (Fiorentina), Barzagli (Juventus), Bonucci (Juventus), Chiellini (Juventus), De Sciglio (Milan), Ogbonna (West Ham), Romagnoli (Milan), Rugani (Juventus)
Midfielders: Bernardeschi (Fiorentina), Bonaventura (Milan), Candreva (Inter), De Rossi (Roma), Florenzi (Roma), Montolivo (Milan), Parolo (Lazio), Verratti (PSG)
Forwards: Belotti (Torino), Eder (Inter), Gabbiadini (Napoli), Immobile (Lazio), Pavoletti (Genoa), Pellè (Shandong Luneng)