Rafael Toloi, the Atlanta team captain, might make his debut for the Italian national team in the next 2022 World Cup Qualifiers match.
The Glória d’Oeste-born played for the Brazilian national squad at the U-20 level, helped the squad to win the South American Championship, and also got second place in the 2009 World Cup. But Toloi’s ancestry is from Italy, thus he got Italian citizenship through naturalization and also lived in Italy for more than the residency period of five years. So, the footballer aligned with Italy for his international career.
Recently, the Italian national squad manager Roberto Mancini reported their ace Lorenzo Insigne, who performed well in the past two games, might want him to rest for the next match. Therefore, there are chances for the fresh addition Toloi in the next match against Lithuania.
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Rafael Toloi in the Italian national squad
The Atlanta skipper is a Brazilian born and by default represented Brazil during his younger days, but now he will appear for Italy since his approval from FIFA.
According to the FIFA guidelines, if a player switches his nationality and never represented his previous nationality in any senior-level match, then the player is approved to change the international allegiance. Toloi only represents Brazil during his youth career and therefore, FIFA approved Italy to call him for the national team in 2021.
The center-back is famous for his defensive play style in the Italian league, Serie A for Atlanta FC. Therefore, fans and soccer pundits believe him to bring the same style to the Italian national squad.
Mancini’s squad is performing excellently in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers, winning their past all matches in the competition. Soon they will face Lithuania on Thursday, April 1, and expected gli Azzurri will win this match too. If they let Toloi join the match, then it will be harder for the opposition forwards to break past the Italian defense lineup.
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