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Controversy as Locatelli out, Fagioli in

Italy name 30-man provisional squad

2024/05/23 16:04

Italy boss Luciano Spalletti is the latest manager to name a preliminary squad ahead of the UEFA European Championships in Germany this summer. 

The defending champions have selected 30 players in a provisional squad with some controversial decisions taken by 2022/23 Serie A champion Spalletti.

The former Napoli manager has included Juventus midfielder Nicolo Fagioli, who has missed the vast majority of this season as a result of his involvement with the Italian football betting scandal in the autumn.

His teammate at the Bianconeri, Manuel Locatelli, who was essential to helping Italy win UEFA EURO 2020 three years ago, has been completely left out with the likes of Torino’s Samuele Ricci and Alessandro Buongiorno also surprise call-ups.

Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma will captain the Azzurri, despite questions over his actual starting place ahead of the likes of Alex Meret, Ivan Provedel and Guglielmo Vicario.

There are, though, some real stars peppered through the squad with the likes of Alessandro Bastoni, Nicolo Barella and Federico Chiesa enough to give some home to the four-time world champions as they head into Group B alongside Albania, Croatia and Spain.

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Provisional squad:

GK | Gianluigi Donnarumma (Paris Saint-Germain), Alex Meret (Napoli), Ivan Provedel (Lazio), Guglielmo Vicario (Tottenham Hotspur)

DEF | Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Alessandro Bastoni (Internazionale), Raoul Bellanova (Torino), Alessandro Buongiorno (Torino), Riccardo Calafiori (Bologna), Andrea Cambiaso (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Internazionale), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli), Federico Dimarco (Internazionale), Gianluca Mancini (Roma), Giorgio Scalvini (Atalanta)

MID | Nicolo Barella (Internazionale), Bryan Cristante (Roma), Nicolo Fagioli (Juventus), Davide Frattesi (Internazionale), Jorginho (Arsenal), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Samuele Ricci (Torino)    

FWD | Federico Chiesa (Juventus), Stephan El Shaarawy (Roma), Riccardo Orsolini (Bologna), Giacomo Raspadori (Napoli), Mateo Retegui (Genoa), Gianluca Scamacca (Atalanta), Mattia Zaccagni (Lazio) 


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2024-05-23 17h43m by eedwards
As a football fan, I have to say I am a bit disappointed with Spalletti's choices for Italy's preliminary squad for the Euros. Leaving out Locatelli, who was crucial in their previous win, and including a player involved in a betting scandal like Fagioli seems like a questionable decision. Also, making Donnarumma the captain when there are other strong goalkeepers in the squad raises some doubts. Overall, not feeling too confident about Italy's chances this summer.
2024-05-23 17h27m by edavidson
As a football fan, I am disappointed to see some key players being left out of the preliminary squad for Italy. Spalletti's choices are certainly controversial and it will be interesting to see if they pay off in the tournament. I am also skeptical about Donnarumma being named captain, especially with other talented goalkeepers available. Overall, this squad announcement leaves me feeling disillusioned.
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2024-05-23 16h57m by sparkerfield
Wow, Spalletti's choices have definitely raised some eyebrows. Fagioli's inclusion, despite his involvement in the betting scandal, seems like a risky move. And leaving out Locatelli, who was crucial in Italy's EURO 2020 win, is a bold decision. Let's see if these surprises pay off.
2024-05-23 16h35m by jwhiteheadbarnes
As a football fan, I don't understand Spalletti's decisions for Italy's preliminary squad. Fagioli's inclusion and Locatelli's exclusion are questionable. Donnarumma as captain is also questionable.


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