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Euro 2016

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...

Toronto's Sebastian Giovinco takes no added motivation from Italy Euro snub

Toronto FC star Sebastian Giovinco is open to a return to the national team but admits he's yet to speak with new coach Giampiero Ventura.

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Toronto FC midfielder Sebastian Giovinco said he didn't draw any added motivation from being left off Italy's Euro 2016 squad, and is focused on helping his club qualify for the MLS Cup playoffs.

"I was motivated before and I'm motivated now," he told ESPN FC through a translator. " It would have been amazing [to go the Euros], it would have been the cherry on the pie, but I'm happy with the way I'm playing and what I'm doing."

Giovinco, the league's reigning MVP, recently went...