Italy Euro 2024 squad: Spalletti names final national team roster for trip to Germany

Luciano Spalletti has announced his final 26-man squad for the 2024 European Championship in Germany, cutting Riccardo Orsolini, Samuele Ricci and Ivan Provedel.

The former Napoli boss opted to answer the call to replace Roberto Mancini last summer, and he guided the Azzurri to qualification behind England in their group at the end of 2023.

Success against England in the Euro 2020 final ended Italy’s long wait for a European title, after losing out at the final hurdle to Spain in 2012 and France in 2000, with their only previous European Championship glory coming way back in 1968.

Spalletti had originally called up a 30-man provisinal squad for the training camp last week, but lost central defenders Francesco Acerbi (hernia) and Giorgio Scalvini (ACL) to injury right away.

Juventus centre-back Federico Gatti joined the group only a few days ago and is in the final list heading to Germany.

Lazio shot-stopper Ivan Provedel has not been selected, partly down to his injury problems during the final months of the season. However, he has been told to continue training until the competition kicks off for Italy, as there are doubts over the fitness of Napoli keeper Alex Meret.

Destiny Udogie, Domenico Berardi and Nicolo Zaniolo are notable absentees due to respective injuries, while key midfielder Nicolo Barella included despite missing their 0-0 draw with Turkey through a minor muscle strain.

Juventus playmaker Nicolo Fagioli, who recently returned from a seven-month ban for breaching rules on betting, is also included, having come off the bench against Turkey to earn his second cap.

Italy revealed their final 26-man squad for Euro 2024 on June 6 as head coach Luciano Spalletti aims to lead the holders to a title defence in Germany this summer.

The Sporting News looks at their roster and their match schedule for Euro 2024.

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Italy Euro 2024 squad and player roster

Spalletti did not produce too many surprises in his squad selection with the majority of his picks mirroring the names called up for March’s friendlies against Venezuela and Ecuador.

The big news came in attack, with Gianluca Scamacca rewarded for his sensational form at Atalanta this season just a day after the Italian side emerged victorious in the UEFA Europa League final. Lazio striker Ciro Immobile was not selected, however.

Captain Gianluigi Donnarumma will be the first choice in goal with Tottenham’s Guglielmo Vicario a back-up option to the Paris Saint-Germain shot-stopper.

Vicario’s Spurs teammate Destiny Udogie misses out following surgery, leaving Spalletti facing a selection headache at left-back. Uncapped Riccardo Calafiori is rewarded following an outstanding season for UEFA Champions League qualifiers Bologna.

There was an enforced change in the group of defenders prior to Italy’s first warm-up match on June 4. Vastly experienced Francesco Acerbi was forced to withdraw due to injury, and on June 2, it was confirmed that young Atalanta centre-back Giorgio Scalvini had suffered an ACL tear. Juventus’ Federico Gatti was called up as a late replacement.

Despite some murmurings of a recall for Leonardo Bonucci — who scored in the 2020 final against England — the 37-year-old was not included. 

Bryan Cristante is one of Spalletti’s midfielders, alongside Arsenal’s Jorginho and Inter Milan’s title-winning star Nicolo Barella, but Juventus’ Manuel Locatelli misses out in another surprising decision.

Ages and caps correct as of the final squad announcement on June 6

Position Player Club Age Caps
GK Gianluigi Donnarumma PSG (FRA) 25 61
GK Alex Meret Napoli (ITA) 27 3
GK Guglielmo Vicario Tottenham (ENG) 27 2
DEF Alessandro Bastoni Inter Milan (ITA) 25 23
DEF Raoul Bellanova Torino (ITA) 24 1
DEF Alessandro Buongiorno Torino (ITA) 24 3
DEF Riccardo Calafiori Bologna (ITA) 22 1
DEF Andrea Cambiaso Juventus (ITA) 24 3
DEF Matteo Darmian Inter Milan (ITA) 34 42
DEF Giovanni Di Lorenzo Napoli (ITA) 30 35
DEF Federico Dimarco Inter Milan (ITA) 26 18
DEF Federico Gatti Juventus (ITA) 25 3
DEF Gianluca Mancini AS Roma (ITA) 28 13
MID Nicolo Barella Inter Milan (ITA) 27 53
MID Bryan Cristante AS Roma (ITA) 29 39
MID Nicolo Fagioli Juventus (ITA) 23 2
MID Michael Folorunsho  Verona (ITA) 26 0
MID Davide Frattesi Inter Milan (ITA) 24 14
MID Jorginho Arsenal (ENG) 32 52
MID Lorenzo Pellegrini AS Roma (ITA) 27 29
FWD Federico Chiesa Juventus (ITA) 26 46
FWD Stephan El Shaarawy AS Roma (ITA) 31 31
FWD Giacomo Raspadori Napoli (ITA) 24 27
FWD Mateo Retegui Genoa (ITA) 25 7
FWD Gianluca Scamacca Atalanta (ITA) 25 15
FWD Mattia Zaccagni Lazio (ITA) 28 5
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How many players are in Euro 2024 squads?

Teams are permitted to name squads of up to 26 players — an increase of three from the previous tournament rules — with the minimum roster size set at 23.

UEFA regulations do not stipulate how many of those players must be goalkeepers.

Italy Euro 2024 group draw

Italy face a real battle to qualify for the knockout stages after being placed in Group B at Euro 2024, which has been tipped as a ‘Group of Death’.

Despite being ranked 9th by FIFA, Italy are in for a challenge alongside Spain (ranked 8th) and Croatia (10th) plus tournament debutants Albania.

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Italy Euro 2024 schedule, matches

Italy have two warm-up games on the schedule ahead of Euro 2024 as they take on Turkey in Bologna on June 4 and Bosnia & Herzegovina five days later in Empoli.

Italy Euro 2024 warm-up and tournament match schedule

Date Match Opponent Venue Time (ET)
June 4 Warm-up Turkey Stadio Renato Dall’Ara 3 p.m.
June 9 Warm-up Bosnia & Herzegovina Stadio Carlo Castellani 2:45 p.m.
June 15 Group stage MD1 Albania Signal Iduna Park 3 p.m.
June 20 Group stage MD2 Spain  ArenaAuf Schalke 3 p.m.
June 24 Group stage MD3 Croatia Red Bull Arena 3 p.m.

Can Italy replace players on their Euro 2024 roster?

Once the final roster has been made official, changes can only be made due to injury or illness up until the team’s opening match of the tournament.

UEFA’s tournament regulations state: “Should listed players or goalkeepers become seriously injured or ill, they may only be substituted if both their team doctor and a doctor from the UEFA Medical Committee confirm that the injury or illness is sufficiently serious to prevent them from taking part in the final tournament.”

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While any outfield players must be replaced prior to their team’s opening match, goalkeepers can be changed prior to their next scheduled game once the tournament is underway.

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