“What if someone tests positive for COVID?” Italy manager Roberto Mancini wants the Euro 2020 team size to be expanded to 26 players instead of 23 to guard against a weakened squad due to a coronavirus outbreak.
- This summer’s European Championships start in June
- The tournament is played in 12 different cities in 12 different countries
- Italian Roberto Mancini wants teams to be able to choose 26 players instead of 23
- The Azzurri boss believes countries could suffer from a corona virus outbreak
Roberto Mancini wants the team size limit for teams participating in this year’s European championships to be increased to 26 players due to the corona virus.
Italy is one of the teams participating in the 24-nation tournament currently being played in 12 cities in a dozen European countries. The tournament was scheduled to be played last year, but was postponed due to the global pandemic.
Currently, countries will select a roster of 23 men for the championships according to customary protocol, but Azzurri boss Mancini wants the number to be increased in the event that one or more members of the by-catching coronavirus occur.
Roberto Mancini wants team sizes for Euro 2020 countries to be expanded to 26 players
This summer’s European Championships start in June with the tournament being played in 12 cities
Mancini told Rai Sport: “It might be a good idea to increase the number of players to 25 or 26.
‘It has been a tough season and you never know what will happen. What if someone tests positive for COVID?
It would be difficult to pick up other players, they would all be on vacation. If UEFA makes such a decision, I would be in favor of it. ‘
Italy will participate in their first major tournament since the last European championships, having missed the 2018 World Cup after failing to qualify.
Mancini’s men have been selected in a group with Turkey, Switzerland and Wales – and all of their opening matches are played at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
Mancini wants to make more players available this summer in the event that one or more get Covid-19
The Azzurri were one of two teams, along with Belgium, to reach this summer’s tournament without losing a single point in the qualifying process.
The 56-year-old took over as national team manager after Italy failed to make it to Russia’s World Cup three years ago and the Azzurri will be one of the teams to watch in June and July.
Before they can start thinking about the European Championship, Italy will face Lithuania on Wednesday in their last World Cup qualifier before the end of the international break in March.
Already beating Northern Ireland and Bulgaria this month, the Italians are playing friendly matches with San Marino and the Czech Republic before their opening match against Turkey on June 11.