FOOTBALL / LEAGUE OF NATIONS. Italy’s Apprentice Hour

Without Giorgio Chiellini, who has retired from international football, and many other European champions worn out, injured or on vacation (Bonucci, Jorginho, Verratti, Insigne, Berardi, Chiesa, Immobile, Belotti…), Italian coach Roberto Mancini will be able to test, against the English and then the Germans next week, these hoped-for executives who can become Alessandro Bastoni, Sandro Tonali, Lorenzo Pellegrini or Davide Calabria.

Bastoni, the heir

With Alessandro Bastoni, 23, « Italy can sleep easy, » assured Giorgio Chiellini, bowing out at 37.

Thus inducted, the defender of Inter Milan has his place assured in central defense near Leonardo Bonucci, new captain, but also a lot of pressure.

If he showed his composure…

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