Davide Calabria will not feature for the Italy Men’s National Team in their upcoming 2024 European Championship qualifiers against North Macedonia and Ukraine, with the AC Milan captain once again being overlooked for international duty.

The 26-year-old has played seven times for the Azzurri, but he has not featured for the Italian national team since he played in a 5-2 defeat against Germany in the UEFA Nations League in June 2022.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Calabria had shown some tactical flexibility in the 2-1 victory against AS Roma in Serie A, operating in his usual right-back role as well as pushing into the midfield to act as another central midfielder next to Rade Krunic. However, this was not enough to persuade new coach Luciano Spalletti, who is expected to start Giovanni Di Lorenzo at right-back for Italy.

Calabria ignored by Italy

The Brescia native has been on the books of AC Milan since he was 11 years old, and after rising through the youth ranks, he is now in his tenth season with the senior squad. Calabria has become the captain of the club, and he is often a dependable player for coach Stefano Pioli.

Oddly enough, he cannot break into the Italy squad on a regular basis. Spalletti’s predecessor Roberto Mancini also preferred to start Di Lorenzo, but he also turned to Alessandro Florenzi, who is second choice to Calabria at AC Milan. Although he is older and more experienced than the 26-year-old, Florenzi is nothing more than a utility player who occasionally comes off the bench for Pioli.

While Italy are preparing to qualify for the next European Championship in Germany, Calabria will be training in Milan with other Italians such as Tommaso Pobega, Antonio Mirante, and Mattia Caldara.

Calabria maintains his focus on AC Milan

Despite being ignored again for international duty, Calabria has not let that deter him and he is focused on winning silverware with AC Milan. When the Rossoneri won the Serie A title in 2021/22, Alessio Romagnoli lifted the trophy as captain prior to joining Lazio, and Calabria is hoping to follow in his footsteps.

“I have been rossonero all my life and I hope to finish my career here,” he said.

“It is absurd to think we were satiated after a scudetto, we want to win again precisely because now we know what it feels like. I dream of being the captain who lifts a trophy.”

AC Milan captain Davide Calabria celebrates with Tommaso Pobega after scoring against Lecce (@ACMilan)

Calabria has been satisfied with the number of new arrivals in the summer as well as their ability to adapt to the tactics of Pioli.

“The new guys have fitted in great, ours is an easy group to settle into, we are all young and have a lot of desire,” Calabria commented. “They’ve all applied themselves and immediately understood the coach’s directives and the way we play.”