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Italy have confirmed their 26-man squad for the upcoming Euro 2020.
— Italy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@azzurri) June 1, 2021
Youngster Giacomo Raspadori received a surprise call up by head coach Roberto Mancini. Sassuolo forward has never played in a competitive senior match for the Azzurri, but has been picked for the competition ahead of Italy opening the tournament against Turkey.
Gianluca Mancini, Matteo Pessina and Matteo Politano were among the omissions from Mancini’s team, with the manager having previously withdrawn Paris Saint-Germain forward Moise Kean.
However, despite the omissions, Italy still have a strong squad and can take the desirable Euro trophy home for the second time.
And ahead of the tournament let’s take a look at how the Azzurri could line up.
Gianluigi Donnarumma will surely be the first-choice keeper, with captain Giorgio Chiellini, Alessandro Bastoni, Leonardo Spinazzola and Giovanni Di Lorenzo forming the defence.
In the midfield, Marco Verratti, should he recover from injury, will team up with Jorginho and Nicolo Barella, while Lorenzo Insigne, Federico Chiesa and Ciro Immobile will complete the lineup in the attack.
This time in the defence will be three changes: Rafael Toloi and Francesco Acerbi in the central defence, while Alessandro Florenzi replaces Di Lorenzo in the right wing-back.
Manuel Locatelli, Barella and Jorginho will form the midfield, while in the attack the only change would be Domenico Berardi instead of Chiesa.
Mancini used this formation recently against Lithuania in the World Cup qualifiers, however, it will be less likely to be used this summer. Anyway, we came up with the ideas for the 3-5-2 formation as well.
The back three would be Bastoni, Leonardo Bonucci and Toloi, with Spinazzola, Di Lorenzo, alongside Locatelli, Barella and Jorginho in the midfield.
Immobile and Andrea Belotti will be the front duo.
Italy are in the Group A alongside Switzerland, Turkey and Wales. They will open the tournament with the game against Turkey, on Friday, June 11 at the Stadio Olimpico, Rome.