Italy brings in Chelsea new boy Zappacosta

New Chelsea signing Davide Zappacosta has been drafted into the Italy squad to take on Israel.

Right-back Zappacosta has four international caps and has played two games so far in the qualification campaign.   -  Getty Images

Italy has called up Davide Zappacosta to bolster its defensive options for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Israel.

Zappacosta, 25, joins up with the Azzurri after completing a move from Torino to Chelsea on transfer deadline day.

Italy needed a reinforcement at the back after Saturday's 3-0 defeat to Spain in Madrid saw Leonardo Bonucci booked, meaning he will be suspended against Israel, while Leonardo Spinazzola suffered a late injury.

Zappacosta will immediately join up with Italy for training on Sunday afternoon in preparation for the game in Reggio Emilia.

Head coach Giampiero Ventura was already without Juventus star Giorgio Chiellini.

Right-back Zappacosta has four international caps and has played two games so far in the qualification campaign.

Italy is second in Group G with three games to go, three points adrift of leader Spain and four in front of third-placed Albania, making a play-off spot the most likely outcome in the race to reach Russia.

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