Sebastian Giovinco recalled to Italy squad

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Toronto FC striker Sebastian Giovinco has been recalled to the Italian national team after three years away.

The “Atomic Ant” has received his first call-up from new Azzurri boss Roberto Mancini for the friendly against Ukraine and the UEFA Nations League clash versus Poland.

Giovinco, 31, was last called up by Italy in 2015 and his decision to head to Major League Soccer and play for Toronto FC was frowned upon by former Italian national team managers.

Toronto’s star forward has scored 82 goals in 139 appearances for the reigning MLS champions, but with TFC struggling to reach the MLS Cup playoffs with four games of the 2018 campaign to go, this is a good time for Giovinco to head away for the international break.

Below is the Italy squad in full, as Mario Balotelli and Andrea Belotti miss out.