Anontio Conte has named his Italy squad that he'll take into battle against Azerbaijan and Norway, and one of Napoli's best stars is on it. Coming off a fantastic start to his season, Lorenzo Insigne will be a part of the Italy squad heading into these crucial qualifiers, and might even get a chance to cement a bigger role in the Italy team.
Looking at how Conte has been approaching recent Italy matches and who else is in the group of forwards for Italy for these two games, it's not at all unrealistic to think that Insigne could start one of Italy's matches, and maybe even both.
Unfortunately for Napoli, Manolo Gabbiadini was dropped from the squad, but that can hardly be a surprise. The Italian has barely played this season, and when he has he hasn't been particularly good. It's been a tough run for him, but perhaps being dropped can be a wake-up call for Gabbi -- now he knows he has to step up his game if he wants to figure into Italy's Euro 2016 squad.
Conte named a 27-man squad with the intention of using a couple days of training to look at a couple extra players before trimming the group to 23 ahead of the trip to Azerbaijan. There are a couple of new faces in the squad in Domenico Berardi and Daniele Padelli, and a couple returning figures in Fabio Quagliarella, Stephan El Shaarawy, and Riccardo Montolivo, so it's likely that most of the cuts come from that group. The full squad called in is listed below.
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Daniele Padelli (Turin), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint Germain)
Defenders: Davide Astori (Fiorentina), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Manchester United), Mattia De Sciglio (AC Milan), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Andrea Ranocchia (Inter Milan), Davide Santon (Inter Milan)
Midfielders: Andrea Bertolacci (Milan), Riccardo Montolivo (AC Milan), Marco Parolo (Lazio), Andrea Pirlo (New York City), Roberto Soriano (Sampdoria), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain)
Forwards: Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Antonio Candreva (Lazio), Eder (Sampdoria), Stephan El Shaarawy (Monaco), Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Graziano Pelle (Southampton), Fabio Quagliarella (Turin), Simone Zaza (Juventus)