The coach called 33 players for the last test before the European Championship against San Marino
Two weeks after his debut with the Turkey, Italy does the dress rehearsal for the European Championship facing Friday 28 May (ore 20.45) San Marino at the Sardegna Arena in Cagliari. I’m 33 players called up gives Roberto Mancini for what will be the last test before the official summons for the European Championship, given that by midnight on Tuesday 1st June the coach will have to formalize the list of 26 blues who will take part in the continental tournament. First call with the senior national team for Giacomo Raspadori, the striker of the Sassuolo class 2000 who made the whole process in the youth national teams and who on 3 September had made his debut in Under 21 on the occasion of the friendly match with Slovenia.
The blues they will meet on Monday 24 May at the Forte Village Resort in Santa Margherita di Pula (CA), where from Tuesday 25 to Thursday 27 May they will have one training session a day to prepare for the friendly match with the San Marino national team. Fresh from the successes of March in the first three qualifying races for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, Italy won the last six games played by extending the streak of consecutive useful results to 25 (20 wins and 5 draws), with Roberto Mancini which equaled the unbeaten match streak achieved by Marcello Lippi at the turn of 2004 and 2006. Higher up there is alone Vittorio Pozzo, the ct dei two World Cups won in ’34 and ’38 capable of ringing 30 consecutive useful results between 1935 and 1939.
The national team will play for the sixth time in Sardinia: in the previous 5 in Cagliari, where it will return more than 16 years after the friendly match against Russia disputed in February 2005, he collected 2 wins, 2 draws and one defeat. Two wins, both 4-0, in the two friendlies played by Italy with San Marino in 1992 and 2013, to which must be added the 8-0 victory of the ‘experimental’ national team led by the former coach Ventura during the match played in May 2017 in Empoli. After the match against San Marino, the Azzurri will come together again Monday 31 May and on Friday 4 June (8.45 pm) at the Renato Dall’Ara Stadium in Bologna they will face the Czech Republic in the last friendly before the European Championship. The convocations will be issued on Sunday 30 May.
This is the list of those called up.
Goalkeepers: Alessio Cragno (Cagliari), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Alex Meret (Naples), Salvatore Sirigu (Turin).
Defenders: Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Alessandro Bastoni (Inter), Cristiano Biraghi (Fiorentina), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Naples), Alessandro Florenzi (Paris Saint Germain), Manuel Lazzari (Lazio) , Gianluca Mancini (Rome), Leonardo Spinazzola (Rome), Rafael Toloi (Atalanta).
Midfielders: Nicolo ‘Barella (Inter), Gaetano Castrovilli (Fiorentina), Bryan Cristante (Rome), Manuel Locatelli (Sassuolo), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Rome), Matteo Pessina (Atalanta), Stefano Sensi (Inter), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain) .
Forwards: Andrea Belotti (Turin), Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Federico Chiesa (Juventus), Vincenzo Grifo (Friborg), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Naples), Moise Kean (Paris Saint Germain), Matteo Politano (Naples), Giacomo Raspadori (Sassuolo).