13 players from Pioli’s squad will be in action with their respective national teams in this upcoming break.
After 6 wins and 1 draw in Serie A, and 2 unfortunate defeats in the Champions League, it’s time for the second international break of the season.
13 Milan players will be in action for 12 different sides (9 countries). All players will be involved in high-stake matches.
The UEFA Nations League 2021 has reached its final stage, and European Champions Italy, with Davide Calabria in the squad following the injury of Rafael Tolói, will play Spain in one semi-final. In the other semi-final, Alexis Saelemaekers’s Belgium will face the France of Theo Hernández and Mike Maignan.
Milan’s two starting center backs have been called-up for duty for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers, as Simon Kjær will lead Denmark against Moldova and Austria, while Fikayo Tomori will look to get a chance and impress Gareth Southgate against Andorra and Hungary. Rafael Leão has been called-up by Portugal to face Qatar in a friendly and then Luxembourg in a World Cup Qualifier.
Sandro Tonali is the Captain of the U21 Italy squad and he will hope to replicate his brilliant Milan performances when the Azzurrini face Bosnia U21 and Sweden U21 in 2023 Euro U21 Qualifiers.
The full list of called-up players and their matches with dates and times is below:
|National Team||Player/s called-up||Matches|
|Algeria||Ismaël Bennacer||2022 World Cup Qualifier: Algeria-Niger|
(Blida, October 8th 2021, Stade Mustapha Tchaker, 21:00 CET)
2022 World Cup Qualifier: Niger-Algeria
(Niamey, October 12th 2021, Stade Général Seyni Kountché, 18:00 CET)
|Belgium||Alexis Saelemaekers||UEFA Nations League 2021 Semi-final: Belgium-France|
(Turin, October 7th 2021, Allianz Stadium, 20:45 CET)
2021 UEFA Nations League Final/Third-Place: Italy/Spain- Belgium
(Milan/Turin, October 10th, Stadio San Siro/Allianz Stadium, 20:45 CET/15:00 CET)
|Denmark||Simon Kjær||2022 World Cup Qualifier: Moldova-Denmark|
(Chișinău, October 9th 2021, Zimbru Stadium, 20:45 CET)
2022 World Cup Qualifier: Denmark-Austria
(Copenhagen, October 12th 2021, Parken, 20:45 CET)
|England||Fikayo Tomori||2022 World Cup Qualifier: Andorra-Enland|
(Andorra la Vella, October 9th 2021, Estadi Nacional, 20:45 CET)
2022 World Cup Qualifier: England-Hungary
(London, October 12th 2021, Wembley Stadium, 20:45 CET)
|2021 UEFA Nations League Semi-final: Belgium-France|
(Turin, October 7th 2021, Allianz Stadium, 20:45 CET)
2021 UEFA Nations League Final/Third-Place: Italy/Spain- France
(Milan/Turin, October 10th, Stadio San Siro/Allianz Stadium, 20:45 CET/15:00 CET)
|Italy||Davide Calabria||2021 UEFA Nations League Semi-final: Italy-Spain|
(Milano, October 6th 2021, Stadio San Siro, 20:45 CET)
2021 UEFA Nations League Final/Third-Place: Italy-Belgium/France
(Milan/Turin, October 10th, Stadio San Siro/Allianz Stadium, 20:45 CET/15:00 CET)
|Ivory Coast||Franck Kessié||2022 World Cup Qualifier: Malawi-Ivory Coast|
(Johannesburg, October 8th 2021, Orlando Stadium, 15:00 CET)
2022 World Cup Qualifier: Ivory Coast-Malawi
(Marrakech, October 11th 2021, Stade de l'Amitié, 18:00 CET)
|Portugal||Rafael Leão||Friendly: Portugal-Qatar|
(Faro, October 9th 2021, Estádio Algarve, 21:15 CET)
2022 World Cup Qualifier: Portugal-Luxembourg
(Faro, October 12th, Estádio Algarve, 20:45 CET)
|Senegal||Fodé Ballo-Touré||2022 World Cup Qualifier: Senegal-Namibia|
(Thiès, October 9th 2021, Stade Lat Dior, 21:00 CET)
2022 World Cup Qualifier: Namibia-Senegal
(Johannesburg, October 12th 2021, Orlando Stadium, 15:00 CET)
|France U21||Pierre Kalulu||2023 Euro U21 Qualifier: France U21-Ukraine U21|
(Brest, October 8th 2021, Francis-Le-Blé, 18:30 CET)
2023 Euro U21 Qualifier: Serbia U21-France U21
(Belgrade, October 12th 2021, Stadion FK Partizan, 18:30 CET)
|Italy U21||Sandro Tonali||2023 Euro U21 Qualifier: Bosnia U21-Italy U21|
(Zenica, October 8th 2021, Stadion Bilino polje, 17:30 CET)
2023 Euro U21 Qualifier: Italy U21-Sweden U21
(Monza, October 12th 2021, Stadio Brianteo, 17:30 CET)
|Italy U20||Daniel Maldini||U20 European Elite League: England U20-Italy U20|
(Chesterfield, October 7th 2021, Technique Stadium, 20:00 CET)
U20 European Elite League: Italy U20-Portugal U20
(Frosinone, October 12th 2021, Stadio Benito Stirpe, 15:00 CET)
Kessie has not recovered 100% because of his involvement in last Olympics and other engagements and now he going for another.. Hope he can shoulder all these.
Maldini called, come on boy, you can do it!
I fucking hate international brake
Honestly it spoils the joy of the weekend sometimes
We need this break to recover injured players and also catch our breath, it’s been a very long 21 days. Although, we have had a disturbing post international break performance in the past, which is my only worry.
The only people who catch their breaths are those not called up by their national teams. You have to hope that the called players don’t return drained and exhausted or even with injuries. Krunic got injured during the last international break.
I agree with u. However, most of our guys that have been invited for international duties, are not 100% starters for their respective countries. Just a few exceptions.
Latest report Romagnoli refused the new contract offered to him which draw interest from lazio and juventus guys what do you think of this situation hope it won’t disrupt the performance of the team or division of it and we still have kessie on the sidelines with the same issues
Romagnoli’s issue is that he’s pissed that he has lost his spot to Tomori, hence, he doesn’t even get called up to the national team anymore. However, we all know he doesn’t deserve a penny raise, cause he has been bang average for the last 2 seasons. I suggest we sell him also in January if he has suitors abroad. We can’t afford to strengthen our direct rivals in Lazio or Juve.
Yes I think this will be the best January he should be sold he has been average so far Tomori is far in advance level than him in today CB he declined January is the best option as for kessie am sure there will bring one more contract offer for him this year if he didn’t accept it January we have no choice as well atlist by then we will know where we are in the league table and qualification of the group stage of ucl
In his defence he has been good baring a couple errors. That said he is not really worth what he is being paid. I’m not sure who will pay him more though.
I can’t imagine Lazio or Juve paying him more than 3-3.5 million a year. Currently he makes around 5 million a year, so to keep his waged he might need to go to the far east. If he agrees for 3 million a year, I think we should seriously consider giving him a long term contract
Hahaha…..Dolla got a nice hola from Devils at San Siro. He even made an error and had his ass saved by Bonucci that later killed himself with 2 unnecessary yellow cards.
I always cheer for Italy but it was a nice thing to see some backstabbers got their karma like these two. One is a hypocrite, another is a badmouthing ah.
Well you reap what you sow. A deserved welcome back from Curva.
WE NOW RETURN TO MILAN10 MUSINGS remember when i said yrs ago that fifa should impose some sort of cap on agents commission? well, i did some research and i found that american sports have done it way before, so its certainly feasible, especially considering many important figures of football such as milan’s very own nazidis and many football club owners came from usa or at least have managed mls before. i read that nfl agents cant receive > 4% and nba agents cant receive > 3% from players contracts. what a nice system they build there. i think fifa… Read more »
regarding mercato, i read that fiorentina are ready to sell vlahovic due to high demands from his agent (well duh) to extend the contract. they reportedly put 60m pricetag on him. knowing eldiott, there’s zero chance milan will offer that much but since juve are interested in buying him, they might be forced to sell kulusevski to raise money. now thats a quality rw milan should target, young, skillful and fast, with ample room for improvement. hell, i read boga will soon be free agent as well. come on triple m, show us ur magic once again
Agreed, Kulusevski would be a good buy. I just dont think Juve will let him go bellow 40mil.
well, back then juve wouldnt let demiral go for <40m but fab romano claimed that next summer atalanta have buy out option for “only” 28m, so maybe juve are willing to let kulusevski go for around 30m. he’s really worth it, although allegri doesnt seem to like him that much
I have not read all the musings because it is to much but first paragraph was great
well at least u tried mate. i know it can be too much to digest all those FACHTS in one sitting but like good ole abe lincoln said, “I’m sorry I wrote such a long letter. I did not have the time to write a short one.”
Haha great quote !!!
Theo got the wining goal for France nice one am happy for him and for Milan as well
Theo has stamped his place in the France national team i can bet you. Not even his brother can displace him. You don’t see a goal scoring left back everyday, averaging 6-7 goals per season. Unless u are Marcelo, Alba or Robertson.
Honestly he has stamp his place in the national team am happy for him and off course Tomori as well I pray there bought perform very well always in theIr national team
He still has to find his way around french team, not gelling well yet. He misplaced some passes despite his goal, but i’m happy for him. Has himself play with supposedly better players in the national team might help with his primadonna complex
Proud of curva sud’s reaction to dollaruma the snake’s return to san siro. It was reported that it made cried in the san siro locker room at half time. I don’t get this kid – what did he expect to get a standing ovation here after what he did? What was he expecting? If anything, the curva sud’s reaction was rather mild and restrained. He deserved much more.
It’s one thing to be a backstabbing snake with no sense of dignity for anything but yourself, but being this much out of touch?
The worst is Raiola trying to make it seem like Milan should have defended him. And how he made it seem like we pushed him out almost lol.
Yeah, ridiculous. Like milan still owe this snake something….
He was like Milan didn’t have the strength to keep him he is just all about money that’s why he looks so fat that he doesn’t even have a neck beside he was like if a son should ask his father where should he play for Milan or psg what do you think his father will chose off course psg?yes currently psg can be richer but trophies we are richer and have history more than them even Capello said Donna made the wrong choice everything Milan did for him and his family. There should boo him more and more infact… Read more »
He should learn from Camavinga. He knew his contract was running out, he didn’t want to leave for free, cause Rennes had done so much for him. He asked the management to sell him before his contract ran out, so they could make some money off him. That’s how u appreciate and respect a club that gave u a name.
Deep down in him he knows he has betrayed all Milan faithful no matter what he does in Italy national team Milan fans won’t accept him it’s called betrayal in the highest level you don’t bite the hands that fed you
Tonali has really stepped up his game. He had 2 assists with Italy u21. That boy need to start games from now on. I’m not Italian but I would love Milan to build their core around their domestic players. It’s strange to see Italy NT without single Milan player starting. I’m not used to that since I’ve been a fan from 90s. There are reports Belotti won’t renew with Torino and Milan could be his next destination. Really hope they consider him, we need a striker of his caliber up front.
I think it’s very important for any successful team to have a core of home grown or national team players.
That identity and passion is valuable and spreads to the other players.
That’s why I always wanted Locatelli, Cutrone etc to stay.
We have Calabria and Tonali and hopefully Gabbia will get there.
I also hope we show patience and faith in Colombo and Pobega
Personally, I really do not even care, if we have starters in the Italian national team or not. Even the elite clubs these days, don’t build their team around players from the domestic league. E.g Liverpool, Madrid, Chelsea, Man city, Athletico, the list keeps going. I want to believe even Maldini & Massara could care less. The most important thing is to build a competitive team, regardless of their race or culture.
Like I said, I am not Italian either so race and culture don’t really have anything to do with my comment. I wanted to say what SJF then explained. Nowadays even Inter have more Italian NT players than Milan.
Sorry Spencer but those teams u mention all have a strong roster of national team players.
The great teams of Milan, madrid, Bayern’s, bacca, ajax have always had a base of national team players.
From that base its possible to add flair and ingenuity from players off all backgrounds.
The important thing is to create an atmosphere of passion, desire, loyalty and of course connection with the supporters.
This is why Inter have never been a big club
“This is why Inter have never been a big club” lol do u even know why they splitted, created new club and called themselves “internazionale”? of course they’ve had many foreigners, thats their whole point of existence. their identity. that doesnt mean meazza, mazzola, facchetti, bergomi, materazzi and now barella didnt play big parts in azzurri’s glorious euro and/or world cup campaigns throughout almost a century. they’ve won more ucl than juve and more scudetti than milan. the only reason why teams of yesteryears had strong core of local players was due to 3 foreigners rule imposed by uefa and… Read more »
Please, it’s an insult to other players when you put Hakan there. Hakan is average. I agree with you on all other stuff.
well, hakan might be average but he WAS milan’s main assistman last season, meaning no hakan’s assists last season = no ucl for milan this season. FACHT. in other words, being average =/= being mediocre. constant, borivaldo, kalinimovic, taiwo were mediocre, hakan wasnt.
im here to educate milanisti (the uninitiated and milan10ians alike) on how to NOT let our hatred of something/one make us to be unjust, unobjective and unfair towards it. after all, thats precisely the root cause of problems like racism etc. being objective is important to get us through adulthood
Our other players made him looked good. If Ibra wasn’t there, he’d not be able to assist that much. Also since he was the main free/corner taker, he should get most assist I would assume? I mean that was his only strength.
well, hakan was good at leverkusen so yeah, he’s not mediocre player. marotta most probably is the best director of serie a and he wanted hakan. pretty sure he (and milan10) knows a bit about football than racist haters who often call hakan “kebab”, wouldnt u think? if anything, its milan’s coaches’ fault for not pulling milan10ian moves playing kessie and hakan in their preferred positions, making them and thus milan look bad. thank god pioli is a milan10ian. “Also since he was the main free/corner taker, he should get most assist I would assume?” u make it sounds like… Read more »
Wow still supporting Hakan!!
He has been bang average for Milan. Very inconsistent. Too top it off hes a bloody traitor.
Milan are much better without him
supporting hakan? just because i mentioned FACHT that he WAS milan’s main assistman? so if i said ronaldo fenomeno was stellar at barca and especially during his 1st season with inter, then i were interista too? lmao
hakan and kessie WERE bang average playing out of position. but they WERE good under good coach playing them in their preferred positions. the results dont lie: 2nd in serie a AND ucl. FACHTS
Kessie has always had the ability and has addled consistency. That’s how a good coach brings on young players. Hakan has been crap under every coach. Numbers mean feck all to anyone who understands the game. Otherwise Immobile would be world class. Hes not. Hakan had his moments but by and large was ordinary and inconsistent. Everyone but you sees that. In terms of actual play Diaz is light years ahead. Even my Turkish friend always said he was ordinary. Mark my words he’ll be playing for a bottom half of the table team within 2 years if not back… Read more »
“Kessie has always had the ability and has addled consistency.” lol, is that why many said back then that milan should sell messie when he played as attacking cm in 4-3-3 set up? he’s so much better now playing as dm, like he did at atalanta. its not about consistency, its about playing players in their preferred positions. “Hakan has been crap under every coach.” really? is that why according to whoscored he’s 3rd milan’s best player of 2020/21, only below ibra and theo, right above kessie? lmao “Numbers mean feck all to anyone who understands the game.” yeah, lewandowski… Read more »
Two reasons why i always appreciate ur comments here milan10 are because, u are very pragmatic and sarcastic person. A lot of buddies here don’t understand sarcasm, that’s why they are always quick to attack u lol Some milanistas have to understand that football evolves, which is also a part of life generally. Sjf & Ted u both can carry out the survey urselves. Check all elite teams in football in the last 3/4 yrs and u would see that most of the teams are made up of foreign players. Those things don’t count anymore in football these days. Maldini… Read more »
lol, u forgot 3rd and most important reason: because milan10 always talks FACHTS hence its impossible for any sensible person to disagree with him. *wink seriously though, italian players are so massively overpriced, like their english counterparts (scamacca and bertolacci for 25m, berardi and locatelli for 40m, lmao). thats exactly why, like u said, triple m mainly targets ligue 1 players. thats also why they rarely seriously target players from portuguese and dutch leagues; because, like i said, those are sellers’ markets. i always lmao-ed whenever i read “antony this, neres that” like ajax would let them go for adli’s… Read more »
Honestly it’s so laughable, the price tag English and Italian teams slaps on their players. The most ridiculous was when Torino put a 100m on Belotti few seasons ago lol too bad he’ld be leaving for free next season. I’m still hurt even that we really bought Bertolaci, Conti and Caldara for that much. Biggest losses of the decade. All in all, glad Maldini and Massara would never fall prey to the overpriced market.
lol, now that greedy mf cairo will get absolutely nothing from belotti’s departure. serves him right. speaking of belotti the milanista, auba should’ve been milan’s main st, and if not then him (with andriy silva and cutrone as their padawans). but fatsobelli and morontella chose to waste the budget on kalinimovic smh. imagine what triple m would’ve done with 200m in their war chest when even with limited budgets these past 3-4 mercati they’ve been scoring home run after another like theo, kalulu, ben, tonali etc
Absolutely spot on! If triple m got 200m budget right now like Fasobelli had, they can hand us the title already from the start lol. They would even go as far as securing gems for the next decade. That’s how much i trust them.
Internacionale Milan is because of their Internationality. They have always had players from from abroad.
In my opinion Italian clubs should promote and develop Italian players if they cant find any Italian quality players or if they cant afford them then they should buy from abroad.
BREAKING NEWS leaonaldo just helped his fellow milanista andriy “the giant” silva score with his beautiful figo-esque assist from the left flank (og footballisti knows figo sometimes played lw as well), and he did it with smile on his face. ever noticed that leaonaldo always smiles whenever he’s about to make assists (like he did before he assisted calahmbria in that 5-1 bologna drubbing last year), shoot and especially dribble past opponents? very ronaldinho-esque. cant wait for those deadly to combine again in rossoneri shirt. oh wait. man, people who constantly bitch(ed) about leaonaldo and andriy’s GOTTA ask themselves one… Read more »
Congratulations to Théo for the assist he gave to Mbappe and off course the trophy he represented Milan well and he as stamp his authority in the French national team
Tonali, Kessie, Saelemaekers, Tomori, Hernandez, Diaz, Kalulu, they’ve all made a huge step up both on international and club’s level since they joined Pioli’s Milan. Just a poke for those who said Pioli is incompetent coach.
Pioli is good for young players but not as tactician. A good tactician is like Pep Guardiola and Mourinho
How can you call Guardiola and Mourinho good tactician? Those men depend on heavy transfer budgets to sign world class players. Nobody (except Zlatan) was world class in Milan before Pioli arrived, now look what he has done with average players. Soon all Milan players will be A-list players in their respective countries. Give Pioli some credit man!
“How can you call Guardiola and Mourinho good tactician?“
lol is this supposed to be a joke or something
Guardiola with his high calibre of players played against Southampton and couldn’t get a shot on target throughout the game. So tell me how much of a good tactician he is. He won UCl with Barca when he had players like Messi, Iniesta and Xavi? Lol when you want to talk about good tactician the coach that should first come to mind is Klopp.
“Guardiola with his high calibre of players played against Southampton and couldn’t get a shot on target throughout the game.” so 1 draw in a very strong epl defines pep? lmao. i saw liverpool 2 – 2 man city and pep really outclassed klopp, especially in 1st half. dont get me wrong, i love klopp and i said milan should get him in this very blog in 2016 but he’s not better than pep. on par, sure. definitely not better. man city won 3 epl in 4 yrs. pep, along with mou and conte, started this modern coaching trend more… Read more »
His ridiculous high line got Bayern crucified in Europe.
For all the success he has had his record in Europe after Barca is very poor.
He reduced an unstoppable german machine to a tiki taka going nowhere team
“His ridiculous high line got Bayern crucified in Europe” yeah by non existent var. had var been invented back then all those offside goals by madrid would’ve been disallowed. btw, EVERYONE, yes including papa pioli, steals his high defensive line and high pressing tactics. “For all the success he has had his record in Europe after Barca is very poor.” yeah, he’s “just” an ucl finalist last season. what a horrible tactician lmao “He reduced an unstoppable german machine to a tiki taka going nowhere team” so he lost to madrid who had prime bbc who offside goals. he found… Read more »
This just in – Maignan’s going to be operated on his wrist, recovery time will be announced.
Ya joking, these injuries unreal
And we are signing another GK, why are we paying tetas’ salary if the coach doesn’t trust him?
Because Plizzari is also injured. Therefore Tata is our only keeper, we need cover
The bonus is Theo out with Covid.
Sooo bloody frustrating!!
8 players out through injury, theo covid, this is getting ridiculous.same as last season which probably cost us league title. We must have wosrt injury record of any club like last season, hope our luck changes
The issue of Milan with prennial injuries and covid cases reminds me of a novel ” One Week one trouble ” that I read in my younger days…What is really the problem ???? Could this be a sabotage??
WE NOW RETURN TO MILAN10 MUSINGS Remember when i said last season that meaningless international breaks, especially those glorified friendlies, should be abandoned during pandemic? well, apparently it has taken its toll on milan. too many preventable injuries and covid infections due to too many games being played per season and its just been 2+ months of club football being played. courtois said it best, “This game is just a money game, we have to be honest about it. We just play it because for UEFA it is extra money and it is an extra game on TV.” hell, i… Read more »
“It’s just a money game, and we have to be honest about it. For UEFA, it’s extra money and it’s an extra game because it’s on TV. Next year, we have a World Cup in November, we’ll have to play until the latter stages of June again. We will get injured. Nobody cares about the players. In June, after a long season, you’ll have to play four games in the Nations League, you’ll get two weeks holiday. That’s not enough for players to continue for 12 months at the highest level. If we never say anything, it’s always the same.… Read more »
Man I’m pissed about this Maignan injury, he was so impressive, really sat into our hearts from beginning. Now this. I know it’s precaution operation but wrist problems can be persistent especially with GKs who rely on strong hands. I just hope that won’t be the case with him, hope this will put an end to his problem and he’ll come back strong!
Forza Magic Mike!
It’s a bloody shame Ted. I hope hes not out too long. Aside from being a great keeper and good with his feet, he has great character.
It’s not always easy to regain that level of form.
Also nobody has missed Dollarumma until now
We already have ten injuries, and the season hasn’t even started. Theo is out as well, For f’ing sake, why does happen to us so often?!
I guess we’ll have to see how much our bench players, in particular ballo torre, indeed provide us depth.
The number of injuries are unbelievable. The first thing our management should do is to update our health and fitness department with new modern specialists. Something is not working. Don’t know what. Such a shame that Pelizzari is injured. It could have been his moment. The depth of squad is good but I really don’t know about the players we signed. Torre is still flat. Mirante is a good keeper but he would be out of form and Pioli tends to insert new players in the squad few months later after their arrival. Messias didn’t have the best chance for… Read more »
Exactly..I would even put that as a priority over Kessie’s renewal.
At least in Maignan and Theo’s case it has nothing to do with them.
Theo is the second (notably French) player we have with covid this season. Aren’t all our squad players (and staff) vaccinated??
And who says when you vaccinated you won’t still get the virus we should not be deceived the covid19 as nothing To do with the vaccine will advice you all not to take it
Don’t advice when you don’t have the knowledge of something. Are You a medical expert? Clearly not. Just because you can search doesn’t mean you are an expert in this field.
Changing one DNA automatically it’s worth advising the vaccines automatically change it and with time trust my word there will bring one more of it and tell you guys the first set of dose of vaccine is harmful you need to take this last one or you will die which Will correct the first double jab and you would have no choice than to take it and that’s the mark of the beast information is power knowledge is the go read your revelations very well but main while I wish them the very best to recover in due time i… Read more »
Vaccines only reduces the chance of sever cases so yes you can get covid after vaccination but chance of dying of it would be very low.
About our injury vows! It’s not the first time. We have this problem for so many years. I don’t know if it’s a curse or something but even with the good depths in our squad, we are always missing an important player