Monday February 10 2020
Mancini: 'Euro 2020 squad decided'

Roberto Mancini confirms “most of the Euro 2020 squad has already been decided” and he believes Italy can make their mark on the tournament.

The Azzurri will face Turkey, Switzerland and Wales in the group stage in June, all those games played at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

“Most of the Euro 2020 squad has already been decided,” the CT told Sky Sport Italia.

“It’s disappointing that Nicolò Zaniolo had that injury, as he was capable of taking on several different roles, but I think we’ve got a decent selection both in midfield and attack.”

There are more concerns over the defence, especially as Giorgio Chiellini has been out since August with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.

“Chiellini is doing better and is the most experienced player, the one all the other lads can count on, so he is very important for us.

“Gianluca Mancini is going through a difficult moment, but that is natural throughout the course of a campaign. He has a lot of quality and is very physical too.”

Unlike previous years, there doesn’t seem to be a ‘bloc’ of players from one club who already know each other very well.

“It’s good in a way, as that means we simply all represent Italy,” insisted Mancini. “Something sparked within us and we realised that we could do something truly special.

“We have to improve now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t go all the way. Motivation is not going to be a problem, especially after we failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.”

Mancini has set up two Italy friendlies against England at Wembley and Germany in Nuremberg, both in March.

“We are strong, but these games against big teams can give us important indications of where we’re at. We know this is a good team and I believe we’ll do very well in the Euros. We’ve done well so far, now let’s see what we can do.”

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