Antonio Conte has named one of his last ever squads as Italy boss as this summer's European Championships in France edge closer. The incoming Chelsea boss has named a 28 man provisional squad who will take part in a series of training sessions over the next week.
There are a number of high profile players missing out on this squad for various reasons but the final squad is to be announced on Monday 23rd May after the training camp at Coverciano comes to a close. The squad will have two opportunities to stake their claim for a starting berth in the Azzurri's group E opener with pre-tournament darkhorses Belgium in friendlies with Scotland and Finland both on home soil.
Squad in full
Goalkeepers: Federico Marchetti (Lazio), Antonio Mirante (Bologna), Marco Sportiello (Atalanta)
Defenders: Francesco Acerbi (Sassuolo), Davide Astori (Fiorentina), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Armando Izzo (Genoa), Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham), Lorenzo Tonelli (Empoli)
Midfielders: Marco Benassi (Torino), Federico Bernardeschi (Fiorentina), Antonio Candreva (Lazio ), Danilo Cataldi (Lazio), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Lorenzo De Silvestri (Sampdoria), Stephan El Shaarawy (Roma), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Emanuele Giaccherini (Bologna), Jorginho (Naples), Marco Parolo (Lazio), Roberto Soriano (Sampdoria), David Zappacosta (Turin)
Forwards: Fabio Borini (Sunderland), Citadin Martins Eder (Inter), Ciro Immobile (Torino), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Leonardo Pavoletti (Genoa), Graziano Pellè (Southampton).
Notable inclusions and exclusions
Mainstay's during the qualifying stage in Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Barzagli, Giorgio Chiellini, Simone Zaza, Mattia de Sciglio, Giacomo Bonaventura and Ricardo Montolivo are all missing from the squad due to their involvement in the Coppa Italia final. Gianluigi Donnarumma of Milan is in with an outside chance of selection in the final team also as Mattia Perin also won't be recovered in time to be called.
Marco Veratti and Claudio Marchisio have zero chance of running out in the royal blue during the tournament due to long term injuries keeping them out of contention. Andrea Pirlo is also missing from the squad for what will likely be his last chance at an International tournament.
In the striker department, pocket rocket Sebastian Giovinco hasn't recieved a call despite being MLS MVP last season and being in fine form this season. Leonardo Pavoletti has been rewarded for a stellar season with an inclusion while it is somewhat surprising that Eder gets a call having often been criticised for not turning up when representing his naturalised nation.