ITALY could sensationally boo their OWN goalkeeper when they face England, according to Leonardo Bonucci.
Juventus defender Bonucci has warned compatriot Gianluigi Donnarumma he could face a frosty return to the San Siro after leaving AC Milan for Paris Saint-Germain on bad terms, letting his deal run down.
And now he faces the wrath of the Milanese upon his return to his old stomping ground.
But veteran Bonucci has declared any fan who boos the Rossoneri academy product is "brainless".
At the pre-match press conference, he said: "Whoever whistles a player of the Italian national team is, for me, a brainless person.
"The player represents the whole nation and also whoever is whistling.
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"I do not see why Donnarumma, who has only made a choice, has not been the first to be booed and he will not be the last.”
Despite the less than stellar reception Donnarumma is likely to get, it is highly unlikely scenes similar to those seen in Colombia during a pitch invasion will repeat themselves.
The clash this Friday will see a repeat of the 2020 European Championship final, where England lost on penalties to Italy – with Donnarumma the Azzurri hero that day.
The Three Lions go into the game against Italy having suffered the ignominy of being beaten 4-0 by Hungary in their last Nations League game.
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Now Gareth Southgate must mastermind wins against both Italy and Germany in order to secure England's place as a top seed in the qualifying stages for the next European Championships and avoid a potential horror draw.
Uefa have already kicked Russia out of that tournament owing to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
These are the final matches before the World Cup starts in Qatar in November.
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