Spalletti calls 30 Azzurri for the European Championships: among those pre-summoned are Calafiori and Fagioli


By John

The reigning champions ready to set out to defend the title in Germany. 1055 days after the triumph at Wembley, a new European adventure begins for the national team, which on Friday 31 May will gather at the Federal Technical Center in Coverciano to begin preparation for Euro2024. Coach Luciano Spalletti – who will release the list of Azzurri who will take part in the European Championship on Thursday 6 June – he called 30 players for the meeting: first call up to the national team for the Bologna defender, Riccardo Calafioriwho in 2022 took part in the stages dedicated to footballers of national interest, and second call-up for the Juventus midfielder Nicolò Fagioli a year and a half after the first and only appearance in the blue shirt for the friendly against Albania in November 2022. Second call-up also for Raoul Bellanova (Turin) e Michael Folorunsho (Verona), already called up in March for the two friendlies in the United States against Venezuela and Ecuador. The Torino midfielder returns to the national team Samuele Ricci and the Lazio goalkeeper Ivan Provedelabsent from November 2022 and November 2023 respectively.

Before leaving for Germany, scheduled for Monday 10 June, the national team will play two friendly tests: Tuesday 4 June against Turkey (9 pm, “Renato Dall'Ara” stadium in Bologna) and Sunday 9 June against Bosnia Herzegovina (at 8.45pm, “Carlo Castellani” stadium in Empoli). The day after the match with the Bosnian national team, Italy will reach Germany, where in the Iserlohn headquarters they will undergo the last training sessions before their debut in the European Championship scheduled for Saturday 15 June in Dortmund against Albania.

Those summoned for the meeting

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Donnarumma (Paris Saint Germain), Alex Meret (Napoli), Ivan Provedel (Lazio), Guglielmo Vicario (Tottenham). Defenders: Francesco Acerbi (Inter), Alessandro Bastoni (Inter), Raoul Bellanova (Turin), Alessandro Buongiorno (Turin), Riccardo Calafiori (Bologna), Andrea Cambiaso (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Inter), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli), Federico Dimarco (Inter), Gianluca Mancini (Roma), Giorgio Scalvini (Atalanta). Midfielders: Nicolò Barella (Inter), Bryan Cristante (Roma), Nicolò Fagioli (Juventus), Michael Folorunsho (Hellas Verona), Davide Frattesi (Inter), Jorginho (Arsenal), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Samuele Ricci (Turin). Attackers: Federico Chiesa (Juventus), Stephan El Shaarawy (Roma), Riccardo Orsolini (Bologna), Giacomo Raspadori (Napoli), Mateo Retegui (Genoa), Gianluca Scamacca (Atalanta), Mattia Zaccagni (Lazio).