Gabbia included in the Italy U21 squad for the first time in his career, Leão gets a call-up from Portugal U21

Matteo Gabbia during training at Milanello. (

Matteo Gabbia (and Alessandro Plizzari) have been called-up by the Azzurrini coach, while Rafael Leão wll also be on international duty in September.

A few players will be on international week after playing tomorrow’s game against Brescia at Stadio San Siro (18:00 CEST) and two of them are 19-year-old center back Matteo Gabbia and 20-year-old forward Rafael Leão.

New Italy U21 coach Paolo Nicolato, who was the manager of the U20 side in the World Cup earlier this summer, posted his first Azzurrini squad. Italy will face Moldova on September 6 at Stadio Angelo Massimino (18:00 CEST) and then Luxembourg on September 10 at Stadio Teofilo Patini (18:30 CEST).

Gabbia was among many players who got their first call-up. In addition to Gabbia, the list also includes Alessandro Plizzari, who is on loan from Milan at Livorno. Nicolato called-up players who grew up in the Milan Youth Department, such as Raoul Bellanova, Manuel Locatelli, Niccolò Zanellato.

Marco Carnesecchi (Trapani)Claud Adjapong (Verona)Marco Carraro (Perugia)Moise Kean (Everton)
Mattia Del Favero (Piacenza)Alessandro Bastoni (Inter)Davide Frattesi (Empoli)Andrea Pinamonti (Genoa)
Alessandro Plizzari (Livorno)Raoul Bellanova (Bordeaux)Manuel Locatelli (Sassuolo)Gianluca Scamacca (Ascoli)
Davide Bettella (Pescara)Giulio Maggiore (Spezia)Riccardo Sottil (Fiorentina)
Enrico Del Prato (Livorno)Sandro Tonali (Brescia)Marco Tumminello (Pescara)
Matteo Gabbia (Milan)Niccolò Zanellato (Crotone)
Riccardo Marchizza (Spezia)Nicolò Zaniolo (Roma)
Luca Ranieri (Fiorentina)
Marco Sala (Virtus Entella)
Alessandro Tripaldelli (Sassuolo)

Leão meanwhile has been included in Portugal U21’s squad for the games against Gibraltar U21 on September 5 at Sports Complex Vila Real de Santo António (20:45 CEST) and against Belarus U21 on September 10 (18:00 CEST). Tiago Djaló, who left Milan and joined Lille as part of the Leão transfer in this transfer market, has also been called-up by coach Rui Jorge.

Diogo Costa (Porto)Diogo Leite (Porto)Daniel Bragança (Estoril Praia)Dany Mota (Juventus)
João Virgínia (Reading)Diogo Queirós (Mouscron)Domingos Quina (Watford)Trincão (Braga)
Luís Maximiano (Sporting CP)Nuno Tavares (Benfica)Filipe Soares (Moreirense)João Filipe (Benfica)
Pedro Pereira (Bristol City)Florentino (Benfica)Pedro Neto (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Rúben Vinagre (Wolverhampton Wanderers)Miguel Luís (Sporting CP)Rafael Leão (Milan)
Thierry Correia (Sporting CP)Nuno Santos (Benfica)
Tiago Djaló (Lille)Romáro Baró (Porto)
Tomás Esteves (Porto)
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The only good news about Milan lately ! Gabbia is a talented CB, a player we should take care of !


Already better than musachio. Even Duarte is better than musachio. Don’t know what Giampaolo is waiting for? another defeat?


Cause coach says the newer players don’t know “the system”?! WTF system is it! Has anyone here seen any type of anything? First game was a disaster…I do believe they’ll do better tomorrow tho. Fingers and toes crossed.


Don’t be silly. Don’t you know it’s almost impossible for new players to come in and start right away. Why start exiting new signings when Fabio Borini has been training well!?! We won 4-0, right?

Whole thing is a mess so far. Anyway…

Forza Milan!!