By ADAM TROXTELL
The days of high-profile players having to give up their national team aspirations when they move to Major League Soccer appear to be winding to a close.
Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco and New York City FC midfielder Andrea Pirlo have been called into the Italy team, while FC Dallas winger Fabian Castillo was also called up by Colombia for a friendly against Peru.
Giovinco and Pirlo will be part of the Italy team for a pair of Euro 2016 qualifiers. The Azzuri face Malta on Sept. 3 before playing Bulgaria at home on Sept. 6. Pirlo will be looking to add to his 115 caps, while Giovinco has represented Italy on 21 previous occasions.
Castillo could make his first appearance for Colombia against Peru at Red Bull Arena on Sept. 8. The 23-year-old was called into a squad that includes Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez.
The announcements follow the call-up for Orlando City’s star midfielder Kaka to the Brazilian National Team last week.