13 Milan players set for international duty: Four men included in the Italy squad, Suso and Spain to face Croatia

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Alessio Romagnoli before Italy training session at Centro Tecnico Federale di Coverciano on May 26, 2018. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
Alessio Romagnoli before Italy training session at Centro Tecnico Federale di Coverciano on May 26, 2018. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

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

After playing their first two matches of the season, losing 3-2 to Napoli and winning 2-1 against Roma, Gennaro Gattuso will have some time for reflection as it’s now the first seasonal international break.

13 Milan players will be in action for 9 different sides (7 countries). While some will have friendlies, most will be involved in the UEFA Nations League.

Patrick Cutrone and Davide Calabria are only included in the U21 squad, but there are four Red and Black players in the squad of Azzurri coach Roberto Mancini for matches against Poland and England: Gigio Donnarumma, captain Alessio Romagnoli, summer signing Mattia Caldara and Giacomo Bonaventura.

Suso has been included in Luis Enrique’s squad for the UEFA Nations League games with England and Croatia, while Hakan Çalhanoğlu and Ricardo Rodriguez will also take part in the competition, with Turkey and Switzerland. Franck Kessie will play an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier with Côte d’Ivoire, while Diego Laxalt will be involved in two friendly matches in the United States with Uruguay.

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

National TeamPlayer/s called-upMatches
ItalyGianluigi Donnarumma
Alessio Romagnoli
Mattia Caldara
Giacomo Bonaventura
UEFA Nations League: Italy-Poland
(Stadio Renato Dall'Ara, Bologna, September 7th 2018, 20:45 CEST)

UEFA Nations League: Portugal-Italy
(Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, September 10th 2018, 20:45 CEST)
SpainSusoUEFA Nations League: England-Spain
(Wembley Stadium, London, September 8th 2018, 20:45 CEST)

UEFA Nations League: Spain-Croatia
(Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero, Elche, September 11th 2018, 20:45 CEST)
TurkeyHakan ÇalhanoğluUEFA Nations League: Turkey-Russia
(Senol Gunes Spor Kompleksi Yeni Stadyum, Trabzon, September 7th 2018, 20:45 CEST)

UEFA Nations League: Sweden-Turkey
(Friends Arena, Solna, September 10th 2018, 20:45 CEST)
SwitzerlandRicardo RodriguezUEFA Nations League: Switzerland-Iceland
(Kybunpark St. Gallen, St Gallen, September 8th 2018, 18:00 CEST)

UEFA Nations League: Belguim-Switzerland
(King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, September 11th 2018, 20:45 CEST)
Côte d’IvoireFranck KessiéAfrica Cup of Nations qualifier: Rwanda-Côte d’Ivoire
(Stade Régional de Nyamirambo, Kigali, September 9th 2018, 15:30 CEST)
UruguayDiego LaxaltFriendly: Mexico-Uruguay
(NRG Stadium, Houston, September 8th 2018, 04:00 CEST)

Friendly: United States-Uruguay
(Nissan Stadium, Nashville, September 12th 2018, 02:30 CEST)
Croatia U21Alen Halilović2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier: Belarus U21-Croatia U21
(Neman Stadium, Grodno, September 10th 2018, 18:00 CEST)
Italy U21Davide Calabria
Patrick Cutrone
Friendly: Slovakia U21-Italy U21
(MOL Aréna, Dunajská Streda, September 6th 2018, 18:30 CEST)

Friendly: Italy U21-Albania U21
(Sardegna Arena, Cagliari, September 11th 2018, 18:30 CEST)
Italy U20Alessandro Plizzari8 Nations Tournament: Poland U20-Italy U20
(Stadion Miejski, Lodz, September 6th 2018, 19:00 CEST)
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Assim
Assim
2 years ago

Wish them good luck.
Hope they all have great games to gain some confidence , specially Suso , he won’t get many chances to play in a team like Spain so he must prove himself and comeback stronger.
These will be a loong two weeks though , Forza Milan!

Spencer
2 years ago

Back in the days, I always fear intl breaks cause of injuries, but glad we have good backups now.. Any body injures might be at his own detriment, cause another might take your starting spot. Nevertheless, i pray for an injury free intl break for the players.

Milanista121
Milanista121
2 years ago

Good luck boys, come back in one piece!!

MilanDoank
MilanDoank
2 years ago

Traditionally, after the internasional break Milan happen to lose the next game and this time really not helping the Coach while the team is getting compact and start to understand the tactic now they will start all over again, the Players come back from internasional duty will be tired, hopefully it’s time for the reserve team to have the chance to play like Baka, Samu, Halilovic and how come Mancini callep up Caldara while he is not played the entire game this season ? Gattuso need to be sharp to read the situation after this break. Full support!

milan2012
milan2012
2 years ago

Great to see most of our starters get chosen. Probably due to age but sucks that our three Argentinians didn’t get called up

flooresens
flooresens
2 years ago
Reply to  milan2012

I try to think of it as a blessing. Those three “experienced” Argentinians is the core of Rino’s 4-3-3 formation

Alexmilan
Alexmilan
2 years ago
Reply to  milan2012

Biglia is retired from national team

Milanista121
Milanista121
2 years ago
Reply to  milan2012

I think it’s nice, especially Higuain, so he can gel more with the team:) same goes with Castillejo!

Baresis Dream
Baresis Dream
2 years ago

Please rest all 11 on the bench

Jibola
Jibola
2 years ago

I wish them all injury free matches for their national teams.

Besides… Barella would be a strong squad player for Milan, he’s very very good, 21 years old, can cover roles in midfield and wont cost a fortune. He would be good replacement for Montolivo or Mauri should they leave next season.

Milanista121
Milanista121
2 years ago
Reply to  Jibola

Hundred percent, all for signing Barella, he has that GRINTA and adds technique and quality to that as well. Another one who I feel is similar although in a different role is Chiesa, two players we definitely should look into buying. Fits well into our young team as well!

milan2012
milan2012
2 years ago
Reply to  Milanista121

Barella all the way, but I don’t think there’s any links. Last I heard he was rumored for inter.

Assim
Assim
2 years ago
Reply to  Milanista121

Kinda hard to get when Cagliari wants 40m for Barella and Fiorentina 60m for Chiesa !!

Larryoil
2 years ago

@Jim Smith,can you please give me the list of ur coaches dat u think in empty brain dat is world best dat didn’t build up dere teams with BIG NAME’S footballers,or dat any of there players haven’t played in UCL,or with d age rage of Milan’s player gathered in a summer(and ur best coaches taking the job half season) dat won like 3 or d big teams in there league,took 3rd in the highest point of second round of the season???if you can’t answer this,den it shows that you are a BIG FOOL WITH NO BRAIN!!!!

The Cunt
The Cunt
2 years ago

Napoli gets bashed by Sampdoria, very tough team that Sampdoria. Especially at home. Will be a tough one for Milan in Genoa.

I saw Parma yesterday against Juve. Also they played with the knives between their teeth. Also not an easy opponent that will be.

yourBoss
yourBoss
2 years ago
Reply to  The Cunt

Sooo.. your trying to say that we should kinda feel nervous facing these teams or what?? Lol. Well anyways ,we won’t be the only ones fighting for top 4 who are going to face these very tough teams so still, don’t worry.

Simo
Simo
2 years ago
Reply to  yourBoss

I dk think that most of the teams (including small and mid-table teams) strenghtened, and the new teams are way better (especially Parma) then the relegared ones. But we got stronger too.

I see only Lazio worse than last season, and Roma needs time to adapt new players.

BensonMilan
BensonMilan
2 years ago
Reply to  Simo

Lazio will understand that they asked tto much for Milinkovic, and he will end up like Belotti everyboby wanted Milan to sign last year for the 100M

The Cunt
The Cunt
2 years ago
Reply to  BensonMilan

Yes I have the same thoughts here

BensonMilan
BensonMilan
2 years ago
Reply to  BensonMilan

The only player i am still thinking of with regrets is Aubameyang. I think he would be a really good addition to the Milan squad and would have helped us secure UCL spot, especially last season where we relied on lazy Kalinic and Andre Silva, but good thing we had Cutrone.

The Cunt
The Cunt
2 years ago
Reply to  yourBoss

No, only that we should not underestimate them

Oluwa shevy
2 years ago

honestly I don’t like international break napoli is very stupid how come they came back from 2 goals down from Milan and win but sampdoria they couldn’t so what’s the essence for them winning Milan.if any team are playing Milan they will put all they strength and grit all because is Milan.

Sheva
Sheva
2 years ago
Reply to  Oluwa shevy

Napoli is not stupid, Milan was stupid for letting them score 3 goals. Samp was very good in defense and they held their shit together I say kudos to them for having that kind of mentality.

Assim
Assim
2 years ago
Reply to  Oluwa shevy

Actually , it’s the complete opposite.
When Milan is winning , we lack that mentallity that keeps us on top , we always fall apart at the end , that’s what we saw against Napoli , and , i think we would’ve seen that again agaist Roma , but Gattuso stoped that by bringing in Laxalt , Castillejo , Cutrone so we kept pressing harder on the attack , if we lacked good backups like past year and Gattuso introduced Borini and Montolivo or Abate … You’d know we were skrewed.

Spencer
2 years ago

The mistake milan made against Napoli was not putting in a 3rd goal.. Napoli can come back from 2 goals deficit anyday anytime, but the 3rd goal is what demoralizes them. You have to outscore them to win, cause they score alot

Coach Seedorf
Coach Seedorf
2 years ago

Had we not made that initial mistake, it would have been a different story against Napoli. Samp just showed us last night that had we beaten Napoli, it wouldnt have been a big deal as we all think. I think with the departure of Sarri, Napoli have become weaker even though Ancellotti is meant to be an upgrade. Sarri’s Napoli wont lose to Samp that way. It also shows that we must underrate no one as other teams are desperate for points. In other news, Christiana Ronaldo(lol) has played 3 90minutes matches without a goal or assist. Welcome to Seria… Read more »

Oluwa shevy
2 years ago

@spencer napoli came back not only because we lost concentration but also because is Milan they are up against and the vital aspect was that they don’t want to lose to Carlo ancelloty formal team at home.they played badly yesterday and spoil my ticket game only the mother fuckers

Larryoil
2 years ago

Milan played pro piacenza and won 1-0,
Pepe reina
Abate
Musachio
Mauri
Simic
Bakayoko
Higuain
Castillejo
Bassani
Borini
Bertaloci
What a good selection and readiness and at least to know little more about the bench players capability!!! Forza Milan Forza gattuso