Good news for Lazio fans today as Gigi Di Biagio, head coach of Italy’s U21 national team, has called up Lazio defender Luiz Felipe to his squad for the matches against Austria and Croatia later this month.

Despite being born in Brazil, Luiz Felipe has qualified for Italian citizenship and will be making his first appearance for the Azzurri’s U21 side; with a potential view to make the step up to the Azzurri first team in the future.

The centre-back has been one of the stand-out performers in Lazio’s defence over the past year; despite struggling with injury on the odd occasion. This call-up will be his chance to impress on the international stage and proves that he has what it takes to play in the Italian first team, with Euro 2020 and the 2022 World Cup in mind.

Italy U21 Squad:

Goalkeepers: Emil Audero (Sampdoria), Alex Meret (Naples), Simone Scuffet (Kasimpasa);

Defenders: Claud Adjapong (Sassuolo), Alessandro Bastoni (Parma), Kevin Bonifazi (Spal), Arturo Calabresi (Bologna), Davide Calabria (Milan), Federico Dimarco (Parma), Sebastiano Luperto (Naples), Giuseppe Pezzella (Genoa) Luiz Felipe (Lazio), Filippo Romagna (Cagliari);

Midfielders: Francesco Cassata (Frosinone), Fabio Depaoli (Chievo Verona), Manuel Locatelli (Sassuolo), Rolando Mandragora (Udinese), Alessandro Murgia (Spal), Sandro Tonali (Brescia), Luca Valzania (Frosinone);

Forwards: Federico Bonazzoli (Padua), Patrick Cutrone (Milan), Gabriele Moncini (Cittadella), Riccardo Orsolini (Bologna), Vittorio Parigini (Turin), Andrea Pinamonti (Frosinone)

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