Italy’s anticipated lineup for Euro 2024

Italy’s anticipated lineup for Euro 2024

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Italy head into the 2024 European Championship as the tournament’s reigning champions after their penalty shootout victory over England in the delayed 2020 edition.

Roberto Mancini guided them to success at Wembley during an incredible unbeaten run for the Azzurri, but they failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup and they are certainly underdogs this time around.

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As one of Europe’s historical superpowers, Italy will have high expectations going into the Euros, but their squad isn’t on par with the very best on the continent and they will need to rely on Luciano Spallettti’s incredibly tactical acumen if they are to defend their crown.

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The most recent international men’s tournament held in Germany saw Italy emerge victorious at the 2006 World Cup and they will be hoping for a similar ending this summer.

Below, FootballTransfers predicts Italy’s first-choice starting XI at Euro 2024.

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How Italy will line up at Euro 2024

Gianluigi Donnarumma won the Euro 2020 Player of the Tournament award following his heroics in between the sticks and while his stock has fallen at Paris Saint-Germain, he remains Italy’s undisputed number one.

Spalletti is likely to deploy a 3-4-2-1 system at the tournament and he will draw on Inter Milan’s success in 2023-24 by several of their key players. His back three will likely consist of Napoli captain Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Torino’s Alessandro Buongiorno and the Nerazzurri’s Alessandro Bastoni.

Alessandro Bastoni will be a key player for Italy at Euro 2024
© IMAGO – Alessandro Bastoni will be a key player for Italy at Euro 2024

Fellow Inter star Federico Dimarco will be used at left-wing-back, with Tottenham Hotspur’s Destiny Udogie missing through injury, while Juventus’ Andrea Cambiasso will play on the opposite flank.

Nicolo Barella is Italy’s star man and he will be key to their success in the middle of the park, though he heads into the tournament nursing a minor injury. Arsenal veteran Jorginho is expected to partner Barella, although Manuel Locatelli and Bryan Cristante could also get the nod.

In attack, Spalletti will use Federico Chiesa and Davide Frattesi as attacking central midfielders who can move wide, while the in-form Gianluca Scamacca is likely to lead the line. He has been extremely prolific since leaving West Ham United to join Atalanta.

Italy’s starting XI at Euro 2024

GK: Gianluigi Donnarumma

CB: Giovanni di Lorenzo

CB: Alessandro Buongiorno

CB: Alessandro Bastoni

RWB: Andrea Cambiasso

CM: Nicolo Barella

CM: Jorginho

LWB: Federico Dimarco

AMC: Davide Frattessi

AMC: Federico Chiesa

ST: Gianluca Scamacca

Italy’s Euro 2024 squad

GK: Gianluigi Donnarumma (PSG)

GK: Guglielmo Vicario (Tottenham)

GK: Alex Meret (Napoli)

DF: Giovanni di Lorenzo (Napoli)

DF: Alessandro Buongiorno (Torino)

DF: Raoul Bellanova (Torino)

DF: Alessandro Bastoni (Inter)

DF: Francesco Acerbi (Inter)

DF: Matteo Darmian (Inter)

DF: Federico Di Marco (Inter)

DF: Gianluca Mancini (Roma)

DF: Riccardo Calafiori (Bologna)

DF: Andrea Cambiasso (Juventus)

DF: Federico Gatti (Juventus)

MF: Nicolo Barella (Inter)

MF: Davide Frattessi (Inter)

MF: Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma)

MF: Bryan Cristante (Roma)

MF: Nicolo Fagioli (Juventus)

MF: Michael Folorunsho (Hellas Verona)

MF: Jorginho (Arsenal)

FW: Federico Chiesa (Juventus)

FW: Gianluca Scamacca (Atalanta)

FW: Mateo Retegui (Genoa)

FW: Giacomo Raspadori (Napoli)

FW: Mattia Zaccagni (Lazio)

FW: Stephan El Shaarawy (Roma)

Read more about: UEFA European Championship, Serie A, UEFA European Championship Qualification, Alessandro Bastoni, Federico Chiesa, Federico Dimarco, Francesco Acerbi, Gianluca Scamacca, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Jorginho, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Matteo Darmian, Nicolò Barella

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