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Lorenzo Insigne recalled, Jorginho gets first Italy callup

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Two Napoli players will be suiting up for Gli Azzurri next week.

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Napoli fans will actually have something to look forward to on the Italy national team for a change, with two Napoli players in the team, including one fans have been clamoring to get a callup for ages -- both Lorenzo Insigne and Jorginho have been called by Antonio Conte to the national side for the March international window.

Insigne will be hoping to get on the pitch for Gli Azzurri for the first time since the World Cup. He's been called into the national team several times since then, but has never gotten off the bench. That said, with how excellent he's been this season, Insigne has the ability to be a huge force in this Italy side, providing a set of attacking skills as a wide forward that the national squad both lacks and could really use.

Jorginho is the latest of the naturalized talents that Conte has brought into the squad during his soon-to-end tenure as manager. While he's drawn criticism for some of his choices in that area, few will argue with the inclusion of Jorginho -- the Brazilian-born regista has been thoroughly excellent this season, and Italy need another top-notch playmaker in midfield with Marco Verratti hurt and Andrea Pirlo struggling too much in MLS to justify calling him up.

It will be excellent to see the Napoli duo pull on a different shade of blue against Spain (March 24th, in Udinese) and against Germany (March 29th, in Germany). A few other notable changes to the squad have been made as well, including the surprising recall of Thiago Motta, who hasn't been in the squad since the World Cup -- and who also hasn't exactly been playing very well of late for Paris Saint-Germain. We also get to see the first callup for Federico Bernardeschi, the exciting Fiorentina attacker who's been so excellent for the Viola of late.

Of course, this international window will be one of the last of Conte's tenure with Italy -- he's leaving the national team after Euro 2016, reportedly to join Chelsea. That said, if Insigne and Jorginho can prove their value to the national team now, it will make it more likely that whoever is Conte's successor with Gli Azzurri will want want to continue including them in the squad in the future.

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon, Mattia Perin, Salvatore Sirigu

Defenders: Francesco Acerbi, Luca Antonelli, Davide Astori, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Matteo Darmian, Lorenzo De Silvestri, Andrea Ranocchia

Midfielders: Alessandro Florenzi, Emmanuele Giaccherini, Jorginho, Riccardo Montolivo, Thiago Motta, Marco Parolo, Roberto Soriano

Forwards: Federico Bernardeschi, Giacomo Bonaventura, Antonio Candreva, Eder, Stephan El Shaarawy, Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne, Graziano Pellè, Simone Zaza