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Italy's final Euro 2024 squad confirmed as three players axed by manager Luciano Spalletti

Italy's final Euro 2024 squad confirmed as three players axed by manager Luciano Spalletti

Italy's squad has been confirmed with three stars missing out.

Italy's final squad for Euro 2024 has been confirmed after three stars were cut by manager Luciano Spalletti.

With just a week to go until Euro 2024 kicks off in Germany, the last few days have seen plenty of teams confirm their final 26-man squads for the tournament.

Some top players have been left at home by heavyweights like England, Spain and France, such is the competition for places.

On Thursday Italy confirmed their final Euros squad, but there wasn't room for three Serie A stars.

Luciano Spalletti took the decision to cut Bologna winger Riccardo Orsolini, Torino midfielder Samuele Ricci and Lazio goalkeeper Ivan Provedel.

Orsolini enjoyed a fine season as Bologna secured a place in next season's Champions League, but Spalletti was not impressed by the 27-year-old's performance in Italy's goalless draw with Turkey on Tuesday.

Provedel's commission is largely because he struggled with injury during the final months of the season, while Ricci was always an outside bet to make the final squad.

Provedel could be recalled if Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret fails to shake off an injury.

Spalletti originally announced a provisional 30-man squad, but immediately defenders Francesco Acerbi and Giorgio Scalvini pulled out through injury.

Juventus defender Federico Gatti was called up as a replacement a few days ago and has been included in the final squad.

Italy will kick off their campaign against Albania on June 15, before facing Spain and Croatia in Group B as they look to defend their European crown.

Tottenham defender Destiny Udogie, Sassuolo attacker Domenico Berardi and Aston Villa loanee Nicolò Zaniolo would likely have been in the squad but for injury.

Italy squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Donnarumma (Paris Saint-Germain), Alex Meret (Napoli), Guglielmo Vicario (Tottenham)

Defenders: Alessandro Bastoni (Inter Milan), Raoul Bellanova (Torino), Alessandro Buongiorno (Torino), Riccardo Calafiori (Bologna), Andrea Cambiaso (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Inter Milan), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli), Federico Dimarco (Inter Milan), Federico Gatti (Juventus), Gianluca Mancini (Roma)

Midfielders: Nicolo Barella (Inter Milan), Bryan Cristante (Roma), Nicolo Fagioli (Juventus), Michael Folorunsho (Hellas Verona), Davide Frattesi (Inter Milan), Jorginho (Arsenal), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma)

Forwards: Federico Chiesa (Juventus), Stephan El Shaarawy (Roma), Giacomo Raspadori (Napoli), Mateo Retegui (Genoa), Gianluca Scamacca (Atalanta), Mattia Zaccagni (Lazio)

Featured Image Credit: Getty

Topics: Italy, Euro 2024, Football