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 By Ben Gladwell

Gianluigi Donnarumma backed to become future Italy No. 1 by Amelia

Gianluigi Donnarumma
Gianluigi Donnarumma has been called up to the latest Italy squad.

Former Italy goalkeeper Marco Amelia has tipped Gianluigi Donnarumma to become the Azzurri's future No. 1 after the 17-year-old earned his first senior international call-up this week.

AC Milan keeper Donnarumma is currently training alongside Gianluigi Buffon while on duty with Italy, and Amelia has tipped him to suceed the Juventus player when he retires, which will most likely be after the 2018 World Cup.

"First of all, he has deserved this call-up," Amelia, who played for Milan between 2010...

Gianluigi Donnarumma called up by Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura

Gianluigi Donnarumma
Gianluigi Donnarumma made 30 Serie A appearances last season.

ROME -- AC Milan's 17-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has received his first call-up to Italy's squad.

New Azzurri coach Gian Piero Ventura also gave Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli, Torino forward Andrea Belotti and Genoa striker Leonardo Pavoletti their first call-ups.

Italy host France in a friendly in Bari on Thursday, then visit Israel four days later to open World Cup qualifying.

Serie A to hold minute's silence at matches for quake victims

ROME, ITALY - APRIL 03:   The teams stand for a minute of silence in memory of the death of former Italian player Cesare Maldini before the Serie A match between SS Lazio and AS Roma at Stadio Olimpico on April 3, 2016 in Rome, Italy.
Serie A teams will observe a minute's silence before all matches this weekend.

ROME -- A minute of silence will be observed before all professional football matches in Italy this weekend to mourn the victims of an earthquake that rocked the central part of the country early Wednesday.

The Italian football federation also says that national teams will wear black armbands "in a sign of solidarity during a time of such great pain for the entire country."

Italy's civil protection agency says at least 37 people have died in the magnitude 6 quake.

The quake struck at 3:36 a.m. (0136...

 By Ben Gladwell

Italy boss Giampiero Ventura to give youngsters chance to shine

Newly appointed Italy manager Giampiero Ventura highlighted how the Italian league is harming the product of the national team.

Italy coach Giampiero Ventura has promised to name some fresh new faces in his first squad, saying new life needs to be breathed into the national team.

While confirming that he intends to build on the work done by predecessor Antonio Conte, Ventura said he needed to look at emerging talent ahead of the next World Cup and wanted to reduce the team's average age.

"At the end of these two years, I want to have a solid spine of youngsters between the ages of 21 and 23," he said at a news conference...

 By Jason Dasey

Christian Vieri's move to China could be a way back to Australian roots

Depending on what Chinese club he decides to join, Christian "Bobo" Vieri's proposed comeback could mean a return to his football roots. Not in Italy, but in the western suburbs of Sydney where he grew up in the 1970s and 80s.

At the age of 43, the former Inter Milan favourite declared last week on his Instagram page that "Bobo is back ... going to play in China."

As yet, no details of his intended move to the Chinese Super League have been revealed and the transfer window won't open again until...