Bonucci pulls out of Italy squad ahead of England clash

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has left the Azzurri squad ahead of Saturday’s Nations League clash against England.

The Juventus centre-back won’t face the Three Lions in Wolverhampton as Roberto Mancini and will begin his holidays early.

As revealed by Italy’s FA, both he and Andrea Belotti were allowed to leave the training camp earlier to get some rest after a demanding season for club and country.

“As announced yesterday evening by Roberto Mancini, Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Belotti have left the squad,” an official statement read.

“So, Mancini will have 32 players available to him for Italy’s next two matches on Saturday 11 June in Wolverhampton and then on Tuesday 14 June in Mönchengladbach.”

Bonucci has played 116 games with the Azzurri scoring eight goals and will become the Azzurri captain after Giorgio Chiellini’s international retirement. He was part of the team that won the Euros last summer and was named in the Team Of The Tournament.

His contract with Juventus runs out in June 2024. Bonucci played 34 games at a club level in 2021-22, scoring five goals. He returned to the club in the summer of 2018 after a season at Milan. He has won 17 titles at the Allianz Stadium, including eight Scudettos.

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