12 Milan players set for international duty: Bonucci, Gigio, Rodriguez, Kalinić and Kessié to fight for a 2018 WC place

Leonardo Bonucci at Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino on October 5, 2017. (MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)
Leonardo Bonucci at Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino on October 5, 2017. (MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)

12 players from Montella’s squad will be in action with their respective national teams in this upcoming break.

After five matches in Serie A and two in the Europa League it is now time for the first international break of the season.

12 Milan players will be in action for 10 different sides (8 countries) and while some will be playing friendlies, others have very, very important encounters coming-up as the qualification phase for the 2018 FIFA World Cup is ending.

Leonardo Bonucci & Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy), Ricardo Rodriguez (Switzerland) and Nikola Kalinić (Croatia) will all try to get a space through the European Playoff round, while Franck Kessié (Ivory Coast) has a decisive match in the African group as his country wants to be in Russia in 2018.

The full list of called-up players and their matches with dates and times is below:

* Calabria was originally included in the Italy U21 squad but due to the injury he suffered against Sassuolo, he’s forced to miss the Azzurrini matches.

National TeamPlayer/s called-upMatches
ItalyGianluigi Donnarumma
Leonardo Bonucci
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification playoff: Sweden-Italy
(Solna, November 10th 2017, 20:45 CET)

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification playoff: Italy-Sweden
(Milano, November 13th 2017, 20:45 CET)
CroatiaNikola Kalinić2018 FIFA World Cup qualification playoff: Croatia-Greece
(Zagreb, November 9th 2017, 20:45 CET)

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification playoff: Greece-Croatia
(Piraeus, November 12th 2017, 20:45 CET)
SwitzerlandRicardo Rodriguez2018 FIFA World Cup qualification playoff: Northern Ireland-Switzerland
(Belfast, November 9th 2017, 20:45 CET)

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification playoff: Switzerland-Northern Ireland
(Basel, November 12th 2017, 18:00 CET)
Ivory CoastFranck Kessié2018 FIFA World Cup qualification: Ivory Coast-Morocco
(Abidjan, November 11th 2017, 18:30 CET)
SpainSusoFriendly: Spain-Costa Rica
(Málaga, November 11th 2017, 21:30 CET)

Friendly: Russia-Spain
(Saint Petersburg, November 14th 2017, 19:45 CET)
PortugalAndré SilvaFriendly: Portugal-Saudi Arabia
(Fontelo, November 10th 2017, 20:45 CET)

Friendly: Portugal-USA
(Leiria, November 14th 2017, 20:45 CET)
TurkeyHakan ÇalhanoğluFriendly: Romania-Turkey
(Cluj-Napoca, November 9th 2017, 19:15 CET)

Friendly: Turkey-Albania
(Antalya, November 13th 2017, 18:30 CET)
ColombiaCristian ZapataFriendly: Republic of Korea-Colombia
(Suwon, November 10th 2017, 05:00 CET)

Friendly: China-Colombia
(Chongqing, November 14th 2017, 13:30 CET)
Italy U21Manuel Locatelli
Patrick Cutrone
Friendly: Pescara-Italy U21
(Pescara, November 9th 2017, 15:30 CET)

Friendly: Italy U21-Russia U21
(Frosinone, November 14th 2017, 18:30 CET)
Italy U19Matteo GabbiaFriendly: Netherlands U19-Italy U19
(Zeist, November 9th 2017, 16:00 CET)

Friendly: Italy U19-Hungary U19
(Padua, November 13th 2017)
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Just comeback without any injury or fatigue issue..


LOL I can’t believe I was sleeping sick while non-visionaire Milanista123, visionaire Mathjis and visionaire Daniel Medeiros’s exchange was going on! Free Kick Kid as regista! Now that is going to change the history of football. Step aside Pirlo, because Free Kick Kid is coming! Also Bonucci to back him up as regista. Maybe even we can play with two regista. Hell, we can put Loca Biglia Monto and have 5 registas playing together destroying the opponents! Or, we could turn Biglia Monto and Loca into CB. Loca makes so many great tackles, he will surely be a fit! Orrrrrrr,… Read more »


Hahah making himself a self-proclaimed visionaire is so funny because it really feels like arguing with Donald Trump when someone thinks that much of himself.


Trump was exactly what I was thinking haha
Have a good international break mate.


Lol! You too mate!


Struggling Serie A giants AC Milan are reportedly preparing a swap deal involving Manuel Locatelli to sign Tottenham Hotspur target Milan Badelj from Fiorentina this January.
While Milan will happy to leave Locatelli leave, they will ask for Milan Badelj in return from the men in violet. A Tottenham Hotspur target already, Badelj’s contract at Fiorentina runs out in 2018 and is liked a lot by Vincenzo Montella.

that is a report in internet today
if that happens
i will quit supporting football at all

Ross Oneri

That would be unforgivable after letting go of Cristante, Petagna and Elsha.


Another player people seem to forget is Simone Verdi, he’s doing very well at Bologna, even got called up to the national team. Scored two free kicks this weekend as well, one with his right foot and one with his left foot. Just incredible. Dont know if he has what it takes in Milan, but he’s a player this team is missing.


it is reportet also torino are about to try buying cutrone.
that was the biggest msitake of montella
not building the team around the milan blood
buying players where we had already in their position
our verry own Golden gerneration
and now this talentet boys
see that there is no trust in them
and might accept playing for other teams who at least give them what they desserve


Let’s hope it won’t get to that as they would be foolish to let an already talented Loca leave for an aging Badelj just because of Montella-Fiorentina live story, even Twilight is a better love story than Montella-Fiorentina.


Off topic but funny enough, according to Goal: Gennaro Gattuso has rejected suggestions he was instrumental in the success of Andrea Pirlo for AC Milan and Italy, saying “let’s not confuse Nutella with s***.”


Do you think he would take credit for it mate? Taking credit for it would be a slap in the face to the talent Pirlo is, but it’s obvious he played a part in it, not instrumental but the players around Pirlo were important to give him cover.


Your words are 100 percent true mate. And he is a very humble man. But the words Rino has chosen are really funny, comparing Shit and Nutella.


Hahaha indeed they were, it feels vintage Rino!

oluwa shevy

Milan is winning napoli come rain come shine a draw will b a blessing to Naples mark my words d odd is against us but it favors d rossoneri invest ur moni n b happy.pirlo is an icon forza Milan


bet9ja go carry your money go 😀

oluwa shevy

lol OMo no b lie but u to fit carry dey moni go. 50.50 no dull em.milan is giving MI dat money if dey win one Hennessy Na large stack I dey go for