Toloi tipped to start for Italy

Rafael Toloi

Rafael Toloi is increasingly likely to start as Italy right-back against Switzerland rather than Giovanni Di Lorenzo in the absence of Alessandro Florenzi.

The second Group A game for Euro 2020 kicks off on Wednesday at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT) at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

Florenzi started at right-back in the 3-0 win over Turkey and went off at half-time with an injury, replaced by Di Lorenzo.

However, Sky Sport Italia report that Atalanta defender Toloi is more likely to start on the right side of the back four tomorrow evening.

Coach Roberto Mancini confirmed in his press conference that there was a decision to be made between the two, with the Napoli man providing more ‘push’ down the flank, whereas Toloi brings greater coverage.

Toloi is accustomed to being a centre-back in Atalanta’s traditional 3-5-2 formation, but can play on the right when needed.

Curiously, he was only in the stands for the opener against Turkey, so would go from last choice to first.

The rest of the Italy line-up is expected to stay roughly unchanged, so with Ciro Immobile, Domenico Berardi – who sustained a knock against Turkey, but nothing serious – and Lorenzo Insigne upfront.

Marco Verratti is still not ready to play, but might be on the bench.

If Italy win this game, they are automatically qualified for the Round of 16, so can rotate the squad for the final group fixture with Wales.

Italy (probable): G Donnarumma; Toloi, Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola; Barella, Jorginho, Locatelli; Berardi, Immobile, Insigne