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Euro 2016 Squad Selector: Verratti

In the run-up to Euro 2016, Football Italia will be asking who Antonio Conte should select in his Italy squad. Ross Highfield campaigns for Marco Verratti.

Given his key role at Paris Saint-Germain, it is easy to forget that Marco Verratti will still only be 23 at the time of Euro 2016. For such a young man, it seems odd to suggest that his emergence as Italy’s key player is long overdue, but this is a player signed at 19 by one of the world’s richest clubs, and whose considerable talents demand that Italy should build their team around him.

Verratti moved to Paris in 2012 and has been a first-team regular ever since, featuring in almost 50 games in all competitions in 2014-15. This season has been frustrating for the diminutive Italian, with injuries limiting his appearances, but Verratti’s importance to PSG is clear, with him forming a formidable midfield trio with Blaise Matuidi and Thiago Motta.

Verratti’s absence through injury for much of this season has given young Frenchman Adrien Rabiot significantly more game time, but it is worth remembering that Rabiot has frequently been frustrated by his lack of action when Verratti is fit. Rabiot himself is a sought-after prospect, and is regularly linked with the likes of Juventus, Manchester United and Arsenal. If Verratti can keep him out of the PSG team when fit, it is hard to see why he has not already become a much more influential player for the Azzurri.

Injuries this season have undoubtedly played some part in this, but Antonio Conte’s decision to coax Andrea Pirlo out of international retirement has also been detrimental to Verratti’s development with La Nazionale. After the failure of the 2014 World Cup, Italy ought to have built a new team around Verratti. This opportunity was missed, and Verratti figured in only five of the 10 qualifiers for Euro 2016.

But it is not too late. Verratti’s immense potential can still be unleashed at the tournament itself. Conte has frequently discussed the midfielder’s potential, but that suggests he doesn’t realise Verratti is ready for a starring role in a major tournament for Italy.

Conte has often been loyal to players he managed at Juventus in his Italy role, which partly explains his desire to select Pirlo. It must also be difficult to plan for life after Pirlo, the focal point for Italy for over a decade. But Pirlo is now older, playing at a lower level, and less motivated. Verratti is young, playing in one of the best midfields in Europe, and determined to become Italy’s key man.

Few would claim that Verratti should not be in the Italy squad for the Euros, but it is by no means certain that he will be a first-choice starter. It is easy to imagine Verratti sitting on the bench as less talented midfielders are selected ahead of him. This would be a huge mistake on Conte’s part, as Verratti is one of the few truly outstanding Italian players currently available for selection.

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Have your say...
tucuman....you cant be serious with your selection of players
on the 11th May, 2016 at 2:32pm
well there goes the tournament... now both Marchisio and Verratti are out.
on the 6th May, 2016 at 11:36pm
Verratti is NOT new Pirlo, he is very talented wonderkid with other skills than Pirlo.
Verratti could be the magic in the midfield, but we need somebody older next to him- Jorginho is very bad choice. Could be Motta or De Rossi. Montolivo is rubbish. Magnanelli hasn't any international experince. Everybody hates Parolo but he is hard worker. Everything depends on the formation.
In 4-2-3-1 Parolo could be great pair of Verratti. Florenzi and Bernardeschi are better on the sidelines than the mid
on the 3rd May, 2016 at 4:57pm
Buffon
(Sirigu-Donnarumma)

Barzagli-Bonucci-Chiellini
(Rugani-Romagnoli-Acerbi)

Darmian-Verratti-Jorginho-Florenzi
(Candreva-Soriano-Parolo-Bonaventura)

Bernadeschi-Bellotti-Insigne
(Berardi-Pellé-ElShaarawy)
on the 2nd May, 2016 at 3:08pm
Gk: Buffon, Padelli , conigli

Def: Darmian, Bonucci, Barzagli, Chiellini(Astori), Florenzi, Antonelli, De Silvestri

Mid: Verratti, Motta, Bonaventura, Montolivo, Bernardeschi, Candreva, Jorginho

Fw: Insigne, Pelle, El shaarawi, Bellotti, Sansone, Zaza

Buffon
Barzagli Bonucci Chiellini
Florenzi Motta Verratti Bernardeschi
Candreva Bellotti El shaarawi
on the 1st May, 2016 at 9:27pm
Best team for the best coach.


Sorrentino
D'Ambosio-Gentiletti-Roncaglia
Padoin-Soriano-Montolivo-Parolo-De Sciglio
Éder-Matri
on the 1st May, 2016 at 8:35pm
Verrati is a unique talent, a one example to appreciate the yoing talents in engaging them to play regular with their teams. I look forward seeing Verrati shine in euro16, at 23 he has the experience with PSG to perform well. You rock Verrati.
on the 1st May, 2016 at 6:41pm
No Giovinco - No Party
on the 1st May, 2016 at 4:56pm
my lineup for Euros

4:3:3
buffon
darmian-bonucci-chiellini-de sciglio
verratti-motta-bonaventura
candreva-lapadula-bernardeschi

bst avaliable lineup
on the 1st May, 2016 at 3:14pm
I don't think Conte would be stupid enough to not including Verratti in his starting 11 as he's clearly the only top class midfielder Italy have at their disposal! I would start him alongside Motta as they are used to playing together for PSG and frankly the other options are minimal, especially in the absence of Marchisio!

My team:
3-5-2

Buffon

Chiellini/Bonucci/Barzagli

Florenzi/Jorginho/Verratti/Motta/Darmian

Insignie/Pelle
on the 1st May, 2016 at 11:59am
Gk: Buffon, Sirigu, Donnarumma

Def: Darmian, Bonucci, Barzagli, Chiellini, Antonelli, Florenzi

Mid: Veratti, De Rossi, Bonaventura, Vazquez, Bernadeschi, Candreva, Sturaro, Thiago Motta

Fw: Pelle, Insigne, Berardi, Zaza, and the secret weapon: Lapadula;)

Buffon
Darmian, Barzagli, Bonucci, Florenzi
Verratti-De Rossi-Bonaventura
Vazquez
Pelle, Insigne

For a great team we need Vazquez. Fowards are not the best, and Vazquez can involve his creativity.
on the 1st May, 2016 at 2:07am
@Mil_Int Donnarumma should go
on the 30th April, 2016 at 8:45pm
Italy's Euro squad should look something like this:

Gk: Buffon, Sirigu, Consigli

Def: Darmian, Bonucci, Chiellini, Antonelli, Florenzi, Barzagli, Romanogli

Mid: Veratti, Saponara, Jorginho, Soriano, Bernadeschi, Bonaventura, Sturaro

Fw: Candreva, Pelle, SES, Insigne, Berardi, Eder

Knowing Conte however, he will leave players such as Saponara and Jorginho home and carry the likes of Parolo and Montolivo.

Sometimes it sucks liking the Azzurri so much.
on the 30th April, 2016 at 5:54pm

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