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Tour of Duty


This summer, Milan only had two players at the Euros, with only two other players on national team duty as well. While that number was greatly impacted by injuries, as well as our growing number of youth players, it seemed quite harsh. But for this International Break, we actually have 13 players on national team duty. Which means not only are the youth playing this time around, but we have a lot fewer injuries. So check out the list below and enjoy some football as our Milan players make us proud on their tour of duty.

Sunday's hero Locatelli when he played for Italy's U17

Youth Team Callups:

Locatelli and Plizzari have been called up by Italy's U19
Italy’s U19 team  will travel to Portugal for friendlies today at 16:00 CEST and again Tuesday, October 11th at 16:00 CEST

Calabria has been called up by Italy's U21
Italy U21 are away to Lithuania on Tuesday, October 11th at 17:00 CEST

Pasalic has been called up for Croatia U-21
Croatia will play Sweden away in their Euro Qualifier on Monday, October 10th at 18:45 CEST

Gomez and Bacca have met before, including at this year's Copa America

Senior Team Callups:

Honda has been called up by Japan
They will host Iraq today at 19:35 local time and then go to Australia on Tuesday, October 11th at 20:00 local time for their World Cup Qualifiers

Gomez has been called up by Paraguay
First they will host Bacca’s face Colombia today at 20:30 local time, then they will be away to Argentina on Tuesday, October 11th at 20:30 local time for their World Cup Qualifiers

Bacca has been called up by Colombia
First they will be away to Gomez’ Paraguay today at 20:30 local time, then they host Uruguay on Tuesday, October 11th at 15:30 local time in their World Cup Qualifiers

Primal Kucka

Kucka has been called up by Slovakia
Slovakia are away to Slovenia on Saturday, October 8th at 20:45 CEST and host Scotland on Tuesday, October 11th at 20:45 CEST in their World Cup Qualifiers

Donnarumma, Romagnoli, Bonaventura, De Sciglio, and Montolivo have been called up by Italy (this is Romagnoli's first official senior NT callup. Ventura called him up initially last time, but he ended up playing for the U21 team instead.)
Italy are playing Spain in Turin today at 20:45 CEST, then are away to Macedonia on Sunday, October 9th, at 20:45 CEST for their World Cup Qualifiers

Loki coming out of the Juve dressing room with that face can only mean one thing... that he's starting for Italy today

Not only do we have more players representing their national teams, but Milan have the most Italian players called up to the senior national team this break, as well. Which, by Juve fan logic, means that Milan will win the Scudetto. But we aren’t Juve fans, so let’s not get carried away. And don’t be too worried about the friendly fire between Bacca and Gomez, as the latter did not feature for Paraguay during the last break. Let’s just enjoy watching our players in different teams and formations for their tour of duty.


This post inspired by the music of U2’s War album


Our next match is a friendly
FC Chiasso vs. AC Milan
Saturday, October 8 • 16:00 CEST (10am EDT)