Mancini keeps Italian Euro 2020 winners for Nations League
Italy coach Roberto Mancini on Thursday recalled all the fit players from his European Championship-winning side for the Nations League semi-final against Spain next week.
Only four players are missing from the 26-man squad that beat England in the Euro 2020 final in July: Leonardo Spinazzola, Alessandro Florenzi, Gaetano Castrovilli and Andrea Belotti. All are injured.
The only player named to the 23-man squad for the Nations League finals not to feature in Italy’s success was Lorenzo Pellegrini. The Roma midfielder was originally part of the Euro 2020 squad but suffered an injury in training with the national team and was replaced at the last minute by Castrovilli.
Italy will meet Spain in Milan in the Nations League final next Wednesday, three months after their Euro 2020 semi-final.
The winner will face world champion France or Belgium in the Nations League final in Milan on October 10, while the losers will play a third-place match on the same day in Turin.
France faces Belgium on Thursday in Turin.
In addition to beating Spain on penalties at Euro 2020, Italy also beat Belgium 2-1 in the quarter-finals.
Italy are on an international record of 37 consecutive unbeaten matches.
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Donnarumma (Paris Saint-Germain), Alex Meret (Napoli), Salvatore Sirigu (Genoa)
Defenders: Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Alessandro Bastoni (Inter Milan), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli), Emerson Palmieri (Lyon), Rafael Toloi (Atalanta)
Midfielder: NicolÃ² Barella (Inter Milan), Bryan Cristante (Roma), Jorginho (Chelsea), Manuel Locatelli (Juventus), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Matteo Pessina (Atalanta), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain)
Forwards: Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Federico Chiesa (Juventus), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Giacomo Raspadori (Sassuolo)