Facundo Roncaglia gets the call from Gerardo Martino for World Cup qualifiers at Chile and against Bolivia. He's behind Pablo Zabaleta and maybe Gabriel Mercado in the pecking order at rightback, and even further behind for centerback. Gonzalo Rodríguez, meanwhile, is still inexplicably ignored in favor of, say, Martín Demichelis. Which, uh, makes perfect sense. Sure.
Mati Fernández takes his usual spot for the World Cup qualifiers against Argentina and at Venezuela. New manager Juan Antonio Pizzi is taking the reins for his first competitive matches. He could opt to start Mati, have him continue his usual role as first man off the bench and occasional Jorge Valdivia replacement, or he could demote him further down the order given the midfielder's uneven club form; frankly, I'd bet on one of the latter two options.
Milan Badelj and Nikola Kalinić are both in the squad for friendlies against Israel and Hungary. There's a chance that Badelj could pass up Mateo Kovačić in the deep midfield role supporting Luka Modrić and Ivan Rakitić, as the youngster has languished on Real Madrid's bench since his big-money move from Inter Milan. Kalinić probably remains firmly behind Mario Mandžukić as the striker. Ante Rebić, meanwhile, has lost his place as the third striker to Marko Pjaca.
Antonio Conte has named Davide Astori to the side for high profile friendlies against Spain and at Germany. He also gave a first-time call up to Federico Bernardeschi, and OH MY GOSH WE ARE SO EXCITED GREAT JOB BERNA. We've got more detailed coverage here.
It's not astonishing that Adam Nawałka has given Jakub Błaszczykowski the nod for friendlies against Serbia and Finland. While the wide man hasn't seen the field for Fiorentina in months, it seems like, he's something of a talisman for the Poles, and is, even out of form and nursing injuries, one of their best players. Now it's just a matter of hoping he doesn't ding himself up again.
Ciprian Tătăruşanu is set to reprise his usual role as Romania's number one friendlies against Lithuania and Spain, although he may give way to Costel Pantilimon or even the outstandingly named Silviu Lung, Jr. (whose brother is Tiberiu Lung, which is the most metal name ever).
Matías Vecino has gotten his first call-up to represent the senior side for their World Cup qualifiers at Brazil and against Peru. Most commentators thought he'd probably earned a spot months ago, but Óscar Tabárez is a famously conservative manager and generally prefers to rely on players he knows and trusts, which means that it'll probably be another decade or so before he decides that Vecino is trustworthy enough to actually take the field for him.
What this all means, of course, is that Gonzalo and Borja Valero, probably this team's two best players, remain frozen out of their respective national teams, which greatly increases our already substantial hipster cred. Khouma Babacar remains inexplicably frozen out of the Senegal set up, while Marcos Alonso is still angling for a chance with Spain, and .