10 Milan players set for international duty: Switzerland and Rodriguez face Belgium, Suso and Spain play England

Ricardo Rodriguez and Viktor Claesson during the Sweden-Switzerland 2018 World Cup match at Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 3, 2018. (GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
Ricardo Rodriguez and Viktor Claesson during the Sweden-Switzerland 2018 World Cup match at Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 3, 2018. (GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)

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

After playing 7 games in three weeks, winning four of them and drawing three, Gennaro Gattuso and some of his players will have time to catch their breath.

10 Milan players will be in action for 9 different sides (7 countries). There will be UEFA Nations League games as well as friendlies and a few qualifiers.

Alessio Romagnoli and Patrick Cutrone were originally in the Italy squad for the friendly against Ukraine and the UEFA Nations League game against Poland but they had to leave the training camp due to their physical condition. This leaves only Gigio Donnarumma and Jack Bonaventura in Roberto Mancini’s Azzurri squad.

Suso has been included in Luis Enrique’s squad again and he will look to get playing time when Spain take on Wales and England. Ricardo Rodriguez has games with Belgium and Iceland, representing Switzerland. Hakan Çalhanoğlu and Turkey face Bosnia and Herzegovina and Russia. Franck Kessié plays Central African Republic twice, while Diego Laxalt faces Korea Republic and Japan in friendlies.

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

National TeamPlayer/s called-upMatches
ItalyGianluigi Donnarumma
Giacomo Bonaventura
Friendly: Italy-Ukraine
(Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genova, October 10th 2018, 20:45 CEST)

UEFA Nations League: Poland-Italy
(Silesian Stadium, Chorzów, October 14th 2018, 20:45 CEST)
SpainSusoFriendly: Wales-Spain
(Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, October 11th 2018, 20:45 CEST)

UEFA Nations League: Spain-England
(Estadio Benito Villamarín, Seville, October 15th 2018, 20:45 CEST)
UruguayDiego LaxaltFriendly: Korea Republic-Uruguay
(Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul, October 12th 2018, 13:00 CEST)

Friendly: Japan-Uruguay
(Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama, October 16th 2018, 12:35 CEST)
Côte d’IvoireFranck KessiéAfrica Cup of Nations qualifier: Côte d’Ivoire-Central African Republic
(Stade Bouaké, Bouaké, October 12th 2018, 19:00 CEST)

Africa Cup of Nations qualifier: Central African Republic-Côte d’Ivoire
(Barthélemy Boganda Stadium, Bangui, October 16th 2018, 16:00 CEST)
SwitzerlandRicardo RodríguezUEFA Nations League: Belguim-Switzerland
(King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, October 12th 2018, 20:45 CEST)

UEFA Nations League: Iceland-Switzerland
(Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik, October 15th 2018, 20:45 CEST)
TurkeyHakan ÇalhanoğluFriendly: Turkey-Bosnia and Herzegovina
(Yeni Rize Şehir Stadium, Rize, October 11th 2018, 19:30 CEST)

UEFA Nations League: Russia-Turkey
(Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, October 14th 2018, 18:00 CEST)
Italy U21Davide CalabriaFriendly: Italy U21-Belgium U21
(Stadio Friuli, Udine, October 11th 2018, 18:30 CEST)

Friendly: Italy U21-Tunisia U21
(Stadio Romeo Menti, Vicenza, October 15th 2018, 18:30 CEST)
Croatia U21Alen HalilovićUEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier: Croatia U21-Greece U21
(Stadion Aldo Drosina, Pula, October 12th 2018, 18:00 CEST)

UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier: San Marino U21-Croatia U21
(San Marino Stadium, Serravalle, October 15th 2018, 18:30 CEST)
Italy U20Alessandro Plizzari8 Nations Tournament: England U20-Italy U20
(Mill Farm Stadium, Borough of Fylde, October 11th 2018, 20:00 CEST)

8 Nations Tournament: Italy U20-Portugal U20
(Stadio Ezio Scida, Crotone, October 16th 2018, 18:00 CEST)
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This UEFA nations league is sooo unwanted. But I am glad that Suso got the call up. He deserves it. I wish them all to dtay injury free.


You know what the funny thing is mate? They started this whole “uefa nations league” because people hated these international friendlies, so they added that name so it would get a more “competitive nature”… don’t know if it’s succeeded tbh haha


Like i said, i havent really followed any football related news since wc so i didnt even know this joke league existed. My question is, does this league serve as substitute for usual qualification rounds for euro/wc or will there be 3 competitions, this league, qualification rounds and club leagues, to be held simultaneously before euro/wc?

The Cunt

Like I said, like I said, like I said…….

Just shut up man


read my comment m8


I see, tx for explaining mate. Ur comment hadnt shown when i wrote mine. So basically its just more organized friendlies with fixed schedules according to which group ur in? Damn uefa is useless


I thought so man 🙂 yeah exactly like that, perhaps it will give it a more competitive edge as the top teams want to top their groups and win, but it’s still useless as you know that it has nothing to do with the Euro qualifications. It just affects your seed, perhaps for the next round of uefa nation league so you’ll get an easier or a harder group… I have to say though, that the games I saw in the nations league were pretty exciting tbh


Good luck boys, hope you’ll all be back in one piece:)


Again the internasional break, afraid the jinx still won’t go away and we will face inter, what a tough game we will have, why is it the break come when we had the momentum ?


Inter is also having players on national duty. And they are also on a momentum. The match will be balanced. But Milan does better in big games than Inter. We’ll win this one.

Baresis Dream

Agreed MilanDoank, this break couldn’t come at a worse time for us.


Pls come back safe and uninjured. Thx.

Baresis Dream

I really dislike these international breaks, almost as much as I dislike Europa-league. And this one is happening right when we are starting to build form and momentum. Instead of working on our many issues (defensive concentration, weak second halves, …), we get this boring international league.