Uncapped Sassuolo striker Giacomo Raspadori included in Italy’s Euro 2020 final roster but Gianluca Mancini, Matteo Pessina and Matteo Politano are left out by Roberto Mancini
Roberto Mancini named Sassuolo’s unfettered striker Giacomo Raspadori in his final 26-man Italian squad for Euro 2020 on Tuesday, but there was no room for AS Roma defender Gianluca Mancini, Atalanta midfielder Matteo Pessina or Napoli winger Matteo Politano.
Raspadori will face competition for Lazio’s Ciro Immobile and Torino’s Andrea Belotti for the striker position after a breakout season in which the 21-year-old scored six goals in 27 Serie A appearances.
Italian manager Mancini narrowed his preliminary group of 33 players to 28 on Sunday, when Paris St Germain striker Moise Kean was the main casualty.
Uncapped Sassuolo striker Giacomo Raspadori has been included in Italy’s squad for Euro 2020.
Roberto Mancini chose Raspadori to compete with Ciro Immobile and Andrea Belotti
Gianluca Mancini, Politano and Pessina were then left out of the final roster as Raspadori was recalled from the Under-21 setup.
Brazil-born Atalanta defender Rafael Toloi, who made his Italy debut in March, was preferred to Mancini in defense, while Inter Milan midfielder Stefano Sensi was chosen despite concerns about his condition after he died on the final day of the game. season suffered a thigh injury.
Roma defender Gianluca Mancini is one of three players left out of the squad
ITALY EURO 2020 SQUAD
goalkeepers: Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Alex Meret (Naples), Salvatore Sirigu (Turin)
Defenders: Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Alessandro Bastoni (Inter), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Naples), Emerson Palmieri (Chelsea), Alessandro Florenzi (Paris St. Germain), Leonardo Spinazzola (Rome ) Rafael Toloi (Atalanta)
Midfielders: Nicolo Barella (Inter), Bryan Cristante (Rome), Jorginho (Chelsea), Manuel Locatelli (Sassuolo), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Rome), Stefano Sensi (Inter), Marco Verratti (Paris St Germain)
attackers: Andrea Belotti (Turin), Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Federico Chiesa (Juventus), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Naples), Giacomo Raspadori (Sassuolo)
Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini will lead the squad, one of the seven survivors of Euro 2016, along with Alessandro Florenzi, Immobile, Salvatore Sirigu, Leonardo Bonucci, Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Bernardeschi.
Italy will face Turkey in the opening game of the tournament at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on June 11, after which Switzerland and Wales complete their Group A match in the Italian capital.
Matteo Politano, who is loaned from Inter Milan at Napoli, also did not make the final selection
Atalanta midfielder Matteo Pessina was the third player Mancini chose to leave out
Mancini’s side defeated San Marino 7-0 in the first of two warm-up games last week, with the second against the Czech Republic in Bologna on Friday.
The Azzurri made it through qualifying, winning all 10 games to top their group, and are currently unbeaten in 26 games, a streak dating back to September 2018.
Euro 2020 marks their return to major tournament football, five years after a run to the Euro 2016 quarter-finals after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.