Italy: Mancini appoints preliminary EM squad around Grifo

Vincenzo Grifo from Bundesliga club SC Freiburg is starting preparations for EURO 2020 with four-time world champions Italy. The midfielder is part of the 33-strong squad that national coach Roberto Mancini nominated on Monday evening shortly after his contract extension.

The provisional EM squad also includes the former Dortmund Ciro Immobile (Lazio Rome) and defensive veteran Giorgio Chiellini from Juventus Turin.

The “Azzurri” will meet San Marino in the penultimate European Championship test on May 28th, after which Mancini will drop seven players and appoint his 26 European Championship players. The dress rehearsal is scheduled for June 4th against the Czech Republic.

At the pan-European championship, Italy is fighting against Turkey (June 11), Switzerland (June 16) and Wales (June 20) for a place in the knockout round.

Mancini had extended his contract by four years on the Monday before the nomination, so the 55-year-old will remain coach of the 1968 European champions up to and including the World Cup in the USA, Mexico and Canada in 2026.

Italy: The provisional EM squad

Defense: Francesco Acerbi (Lazio Rome), Alessandro Bastoni (Inter Milan), Cristiano Biraghi (Fiorentina), Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini (both Juventus Turin), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (SC Napoli), Alessandro Florenzi (Paris St. Germain) , Manuel Lazzari (Lazio Rome), Gianluca Mancini (AS Roma), Leonardo Spinazzola (both AS Roma), Rafael Toloi (Atalanta Bergamo)

Midfield: Nicolo Barella (Inter Milan), Gaetano Castrovilli (Fiorentina), Bryan Cristante (AS Roma), Manuel Locatelli (US Sassuolo Calcio), Lorenzo Pellegrini (AS Roma), Matteo Pessina (Atalanta Bergamo), Stefano Sensi (Inter Milan ), Marco Verratti (Paris St. Germain)

Forwards: Andrea Belotti (FC Turin), Domenico Berardi (US Sassuolo Calcio), Federico Bernardeschi, Federico Chiesa (both Juventus Turin), Vincenzo Grifo (SC Freiburg), Ciro Immobile (Lazio Rome), Lorenzo Insigne (SC Naples), Moise Kean (Paris St. Germain), Matteo Politano (SC Napoli), Giacomo Raspadori (US Sassuolo Calcio).

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