Coach Mancini: ‘Zaniolo and Zaccagni not called up? Valid reasons’ – Football

“There are reasons, everyone talks without knowing anything. The door is open to everyone, players who have been missing for some time have been called up, but those who have not been called up are for more than valid reasons.” Coach Roberto Mancini responded to Sky Sport regarding the failure to call up Zaniolo and Zaccagni in the first two outings of the national football team for the Euro 2024 qualifiers.
“We have an old guard who according to many is old, but I don’t think that’s the case – added Mancini – Some players are in full maturity and unfortunately they play a lot of games, they arrive and sometimes they’re really tired and so this can be a problem. We are inserting young people who need time. Some of them don’t even play in their teams”.
The selector also spoke of the call from Retegui (Argentine striker naturalized Italian) who scored two goals. If the forwards “we found them in Italy we’d be happier…
Unfortunately this is the case at the moment: among the top seven in Serie A, only Lazio have an Italian centre-forward, namely Immobile. Then everyone can say what he wants, but as far as I’m concerned he leaves the time he finds. If we find valid players, we evaluate them, study them and then make decisions.”