Italy squad for Argentina and Nations League matches

by | May 23, 2022 19:38

Roberto Mancini has named the Italy squad for the June Finalissima against Argentina and four Nations League games against Germany, Hungary and England.

The Azzurri will come together at the Coverciano training camp from Friday May 27 to prepare for those encounters.

They will play five matches in the space of just 15 days, starting with the Finalissima at Wembley Stadium in London on June 1.

That is a clash between EURO 2020 winners Italy and Copa America holders Argentina, organised by UEFA and CONMEBOL.

The 2022-23 edition of the Nations League also begins and Italy hope to reach the Final Four again after securing the bronze medal in 2020-21.

They begin by hosting Germany at the Stadio Dall’Ara in Bologna on Saturday June 4, then take on Hungary at the Stadio Dino Manuzzi in Cesena on Tuesday June 7.

There will be a trip to England at the Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton on Saturday June 11, then in Monchengladbach against Germany on Tuesday June 14.

There is a return to the Italy squad for Leonardo Spinazzola, who only just returned to the field for Roma after tearing his Achilles tendon during EURO 2020, but Ciro Immobile of Lazio is out of action with an ankle injury.

There are first calls for the senior squad going to Empoli striker Andrea Pinamonti and Sassuolo midfielder Davide Frattesi.

Verona forward Gianluca Caprari returns for the first time since October 2018.

Italy squad

Goalkeepers: Alessio Cragno (Cagliari), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Paris Saint Germain), Alex Meret (Napoli), Salvatore Sirigu (Genoa)

Defenders: Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Alessandro Bastoni (Inter), Cristiano Biraghi (Fiorentina), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Davide Calabria (Milan), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli), Federico Dimarco (Inter), Emerson Palmieri Dos Santos (Olympique Lyonnais), Alessandro Florenzi (Milan), Manuel Lazzari (Lazio), Luiz Felipe (Lazio), Gianluca Mancini (Roma), Leonardo Spinazzola (Roma)

Midfielders: Nicolò Barella (Inter), Bryan Cristante (Roma), Davide Frattesi (Sassuolo), Jorginho Frello Jorge Luiz (Chelsea), Manuel Locatelli (Juventus), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Matteo Pessina (Atalanta), Sandro Tonali (Milan), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain)

Forwards: Andrea Belotti (Torino), Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Gianluca Caprari (Verona), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Moise Kean (Juventus), Andrea Pinamonti (Empoli), Matteo Politano (Napoli), Giacomo Raspadori (Sassuolo), Gianluca Scamacca (Sassuolo), Mattia Zaccagni (Lazio), Nicolò Zaniolo (Roma).

32 Comments

  1. Matt

    Wow, excellent squad choice.

  2. Muto

    Please call Vicario instead of Meret.
    Udogie instead of Emerson.
    Fagioli or Pobega instead of Pessina.
    It is good to see Caprari included thoug.

  3. Leon Delgaudio

    So glad to see Caprari in there but Mancini talks about no young Italians but Udogie plays every week and is a future start but he doesn’t pick him. Why is he still picking Belotti he is poor for Italy. Pessina was great last season but this season he hasn’t played the whole season and shouldn’t be there.

  4. I giardini di marzo

    Ok let’s see now… Immobile out due to sprain ankle and mini fracture, let’s see the other ‘super” center forwards like Kean and Scamacca! We will have some fun!

  5. Milan Fan

    When will Chiesa be back?

  6. Bruno

    It’s obvious he’s keeping faith – at least for the Argentina game – with the players who did the job for him last summer,

    Going forward, he must surely call players based on merit. On that basis, Pessina, Kean, Insigne, Bernardeschi shouldn’t be there and Udogie most certainly should.

    Decent squad though.

    @Milan Fan, at least a few more month’s.

  7. DENNIS

    Hopefully we soon see the likes of Carnesecchi Udogie, Scalvini, Gatti, Fagioli, Pobega, Viti, and some more young forwards, I would like to see Audero as one of the GKs he isn’t too bad at all and also Vicario. Hopefully our clubs change mentalllity but let’s see

  8. MG

    Utter trash.

  9. Gino

    Literally this pos whines about no young Italians and he leaves udogie and scalvini at home even though they start every week

  10. ACE

    What of Ciro immobilé?????

  11. Rosario

    Picking Sirigu and Meret over Vicario, Audero and Silvestri is like me having the option to pick Buffon for my 5 a side team and instead opting for Scott Carson.

    Stop faffing around with the centre forward and let Scamacca blood himself without the threat of being dropped.

    Kean? Porca troia!!! Kean?? How is he in the squad?

  12. Rosario

    @Gino

    It is his DESTINY to play for the national team….

    I’ll let myself out.

  13. RL

    @ACE

    Immobile stepped down from national duty

  14. InterFan75

    Lautaro and Correa (+ Dybala 😛 ) vs Bastoni, Barella and DiMarco. Forza ArgentItalia.

  15. nico

    The goalkeeping department -2 rotational bench warmers, 2 relegated keeper. Despite all that Vicario, Montipo , Audero was not even considered. Luiz Felipe over Casale/Viti…Kean? Pessina and not Pobega?

  16. Carletto

    Consigli and Montipo would’ve been better choices for keepers. Scalvini and Lovato would’ve been worth a gamble. A healthy Castrovilli and Sensi would be a better option than Cristante, Pessina and Jorginho. Up front, Balotelli deserved a call up.

    With the current squad I would field a 4-4-2: Donnarumma; Lazzari, Bonucci, Bastoni, Spina/Dimarco; Politano, Frattesi, Veratti, Zaccagni; Scamacca, Zaniolo

    Calabria, Pellegrini, Barella, Tonali and Raspadori are all good options coming off the bench.or starting.

  17. MIL_INT

    Montipo is the best Italian keeper in Serie A with Vicario 2nd and Cragno 3rd

  18. RL

    I love to see a lineup like this, Mancini wants a CF role. I’d have Raspadori play in the middle. I’d also want Pellegrini to play on the left as he did for Roma a couple of times. For me I would like:

    4-3-3

    Pellegrini-Raspadori-Berardi
    Tonali-Verrati-Barella
    Spina-Bonucci-Bastoni-Calabria

    I do not rate Zaniolo, he is either very hot or very cold. Same goes for Insigne.
    I’d also take Calabria over Di Lo any day.

  19. Feroli

    That is a tough run of matches. And they are all competitive games. Once they are over we will get a good idea, hopefully, of where Italy are at.

  20. Dio

    Too many free agents winding down with their careers. Players that are subs, too old considering the schedule to the next Euros and World Cup, both being years away.

    Unwise not to use this opportunity to start now and get a head start on a new build team maintaining some of the best components from last summer if age permits, the eldest keeps being spinazzola and verratti both whom will be 33 next World Cup.

    Belotti, bernadeschi, acerbi, insigne, Jorginho, Biragji, Florenzi, (immobile), should have no business in the squad anymore, age and performance related.

    Lazzari and politano wasted picks, they’ll never be key players.

    Where is Udogie and zanoli?

    Was Balotelli not worth a pick on form.

    Let’s face it if immobile was fit he’d still be starting these games for us, is Mancini falling into the old trap all azzurri managers seem to fall into, not being ruthless enough with their picks.

    When is the right time to pick Scalvini, what we waiting for? Is Acerbi really more of a sensible pick at 34, 38 next world cup, let’s not forget he’s clumsy and hardly star quality.

    Even bonucci is going to have to be phased out, maybe not immediately but at 37 next euros and 39 next World Cup come on.

    I think we all forget the World Cup for us is 4 years away, we need to rebuild a team now, players no matter how good only earn a start from pre tournament very rarely do they sneak in during a tournament, especially at centre back.

  21. Antonio Iannaccone

    Not sure why Calabria is not in the squad surely Ballotelli would have been a better pick than some ot the stickers in the list age is not on his side but there are older players like giroud zlatan Renaldo benzeema all elder statesmen still banging in goals for club and country when fit!

  22. Chsiom

    Well
    I’ll be so happy to watch the azzurri again 😊
    Still sad 😔 about not qualifing to the world cup…
    I love whenever d azzurri is playing except when venture is coaching 🤨
    I love Mancini
    But disappointed now
    Why snubbing mario
    I can’t believe belotti makes the squad list instead mario

    It’s time he knows the costs of failure to world cup
    I think is the type of 9 he posses
    Ciro and belotti should be dropped

    Let Mario takes his role
    With raspadori, scamacca
    Mario is speedy, dribble, creatives, power , shooting
    Nigerian born but fan of azzurri include serie A

  23. Hope for the best

    Why does he constantly pick Kean and luiz felipe utterly useless and wasted choices.

  24. ITALIA1

    Mancini would have started Immobile if he wasn’t injured and still puts Belotti on the team who’s just as worthless but Mancini’s as stubborn as hell, not a great coach and should have been fired when Italy failed to qualify for the WC.

    Why is Italy always in the “Group of Death” ? I believe it’s conspiratorial from FIFA who despises Italy and seemingly has a love affair with anything English. Statistically, just doesn’t make sense and we know from the past that FIFA is a very corrupt organization.

    With Italian national team psychologically frayed and disjointed from their disgraceful failure of not qualifying for the WC, and obviously in a rebuilding phase , what genius in the Italian soccer federation scheduled 5 matches in 15 days ! If this cascades into a series of defeats it will do irreparable damage to the players and take years to recover from.

  25. Brandon

    Antonio Iannaccone,

    Calabria is indeed in the squad.

  26. Brandon

    Italia1,

    Oh yes, ALWAYS in the Group of Death.

    Just like fishing out North Macedonia in World Cup Qualifiers. Just like the Group Stage in 2010.

    Get off it.

  27. Brandon

    Also, genius…

    NOBODY in the Italian Federation scheduled 5 matches in 15 Days. UEFA did. In case you don’t know, all teams in UEFA (except Ukraine for obvious reasons and Russia for even more obvious reasons) play 4 of the 6 UNL matches between June 1 and June 15.

    Italy play an added match because they are contesting a different trophy against South America’s champions. Again, a UEFA initiative as well as CONMEBOL’S.

  28. Brandon

    RL,

    He likely will but he hasn’t announced it. As stated in the article, he’s out due to injury.

  29. Ron Bonora

    He forgot Balotelli! The man who could have saved Italy in the playoff!

  30. StefaNo

    Where is Griffo?

    He is the best Italian player in the world at every single set piece.

    We have zero players who can do anything

    Insigne has to go. He doesn’t have the heart in it anymore

  31. StefaNo

    Florenzi

    What a freaking joke

  32. Wan alcantara

    You guys don well let seat back and watch what is goin to happen the next three days

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