The effect retegui, with his goals against England and Malta, proved to be a success that caused a sensation in Italy. And as always, every test that goes well, try to keep repeating it to get the most out of it. This is what it seems to want to do Robert Mancini, DT of the national team, with our football. This is due to the fact that the European media confirm that the coach would be analyzing ten other Argentine players to try to convince them to wear the Italian shirt.
The main objective of the entire federcalcio Azzurra is the search for new faces with the idea of laying a solid foundation that will allow them to qualify for the 2026 World Cup -they did not qualify in 2018 and 2022- and for Euro 2024, as a short-term goal and where he is second in his group with 3 units, with 6 dates to go. For this reason, the aims of the former Manchester City manager do not seem to be on the typical promises of Italian football, but will try to resort to the phenomenon of nationalization of players.
Although it may seem strange that a footballer decides to take the nationality of a country where he was not born, this is something that has been more common than in previous years, Mateo Retegui or Alejandro Garnacho are clear examples. Therefore, second All Sportsthe ten players in the Italian sights are: Luca Beltran (River), Nicola Valentini (Mouth), Niccolo Capaldo (Salzburg), Peter Vega (Lanus), Gianluca Prestianni (Velez), Thomas Pozzo (Independent), Ignacio Master Puch (Atletico Tucumán), Gino Infantino (Central Rosary), John Sforza AND Right John (both by Newell’s).
Each of them is very well known and renowned in our football and several have even come to wear the Argentine shirt in the youth teams, such as Capaldo, Infantino, Maestro Puch, among others.
Currently, according to the individual performances each has shown so far in the local league, Beltrán, De La Vega and Sforza could be the most surprising on this list. Equally, it must be recognized that other players such as Infantino and Maestro Puch can cause headaches if they leave for Italy as they have so far proved to be a fixture within the Argentine youth team, with the Rosario Central midfielder as captain of her.
Nor should Capaldo be left out, the former Boca who has been in the Austrian league for almost 3 years, where he has been a regular from the moment he arrived and has a considered touch of the Champions League and Europa League – he has played in stadiums such as Anfield and the Olimpico From Rome-.
What is clear when you see that none of the players fails the 24 years (Capaldo) is that Mancini’s intentions are not only to strengthen his team in the present but also for the future. Furthermore, what increases the probability that several members of the list will accept to wear the blue shirt is that so far they do not seem to be considered by Lionel Scaloni and the rest of the coaching staff.
“Let’s hope that if he plays in Italy he’ll do well, it doesn’t make sense to think if he was in Argentina, because at this time we were not convinced to summon him“, were the words of the world champion coach himself regarding the call for Retegui.
Undoubtedly, the effect generated by the former Boca seems to have moved the ground within the Italian technical staff and will certainly start to look more closely at Argentine football. The Tiger striker might think that he will share the selection with a colleague.
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