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Euro 2016 Squad Selector: Jorginho

In the run-up to Euro 2016, Football Italia will be asking who Antonio Conte should select in his Italy squad. Chloe Beresford goes for Jorginho.

“I feel very good with Maurizio Sarri, he’s a great teacher and I admire his philosophy of the game a lot,” Napoli midfielder Jorginho said back in November. “Yes, I think about the national team, but the Coach makes his choices. For me the most important thing is to do well with Napoli, then the Azzurri will follow as a result.”

After making just 14 league starts under former boss Rafael Benitez last season, the 24-year-old has made great strides since Sarri arrived from Empoli in the summer. Now a regular at club level, Jorginho has accepted the pivotal role in midfield from the new Coach, a decision which has become a key element to Napoli’s improved results this term.

The Brazilian-born player has made the highest number of passes in Europe this season, with almost 500 more than any other on the list. Making 102.7 attempts per game, he manages to find a team-mate with a staggeringly accurate 90.9% success rate.

Obviously his increased playing time and the Partenopei’s possession-based style under their new Coach are partially responsible for the leap in the former Hellas Verona man’s statistical output. But the confidence and self-belief he has shown under Sarri have also played their part and – with Marco Verratti and Claudio Marchisio ruled out until next season – Antonio Conte should now follow suit.

One criticism of his game would be his lack of goals. His last in Serie A came in December 2013 whilst still at Hellas Verona, and Jorginho has scored just once for Napoli, netting in a Coppa Italia fixture against Udinese back in January 2015. Yet that should not prevent him from taking a spot in Italy’s Euro 2016 squad, despite his agent admitting fears that the Napoli midfielder may still be overlooked this summer.

“I don’t think Marchisio’s injury changes anything, Jorginho has to continue to do well in these last few games,” said his representative Joao Santon. “There are five games to go, and Jorginho needs to play with the same determination and grit. After that there will be the chance of going to the European Championship, which he wants to play in.”

He may not be the next Xavi or Andrea Pirlo, but Jorginho is certainly closer to their level than any of the other mediocre midfield options available to the Azzurri. 

Have your say...
FI.net anything on Conte's view around Verratti being out of the EUROs?
on the 10th May, 2016 at 11:18am
As mentioned before, this is the worst Italian National side I have ever seen.However, I must admit, we are plagued by VERY BAD LUCK.At this point, best to go with the youngsters and lets see how they perform.At least it would be a very good platform for the WC in Russia.We have nothing to lose, so go for the youngsters.Jorginho like Motta and Monty is very slow.Fast opposition and we would concede quite a few goals.AC should have gone as soon as he announced he was joining Chelsea.Italian FA, please wake up and send the right man that wants the job and not Conte.
on the 9th May, 2016 at 12:46pm
Oh dear - how does Montolivo get rated so highly by coaches? We must be missing something Prandelli hinted at in terms of being a character. And possibly Insigne out for tactical reasons? This looks like being the worst since 2010.
on the 9th May, 2016 at 10:59am
Jorginho should be first choice in midfield now that Marchisio and Verratti are injured. Whether it may be a 4-3-3, 3-4-3 or a 3-5-2 formation. He should be the boss now in midfield. I am still wondering why Conte never used him in the last 2 friendlies against Spain and Germany. Pathetic! I just wish Conte would think right for once and select young, energetic players who play in their heart and honor the Azzurri shirt like Rino Gattuso. No Montolivo, Thiago Motta.
Parolo, Soriano are good.
on the 9th May, 2016 at 7:21am
my lineup

sirigu
florezi-rugani-bonucci-darmian
candreva-vazquez-motta-bernardeschi
gabbiadini
pavoletti
on the 9th May, 2016 at 6:43am
Buffon
Darmian-Barzagli-Bonucci-Florenzi
Jorginho-De Rossi
Candreva-Vazquez-Insigne
Pellé

Candreva subs.: Bernardeschi (or Berardi)
Insigne subs.: Bonaventura
Pellé subs.: Zaza (or Mr. Lapadula;)))
on the 9th May, 2016 at 12:22am
It would be a crime if Jorginho is not selected for the national team. If Conte leaves him off, he should leave before the first game even starts. Jorgy is the best midfielder right now in Italy, playing for the 2nd place team, with stats and game to prove his worth. He should be starting, not questioning whether he should be on the team or not. Thiago Motta and Montilivo are slow and not as suited with the skilled attackers we have. I hope he is selected and starts the upcoming friendlies.
on the 8th May, 2016 at 10:31pm
There's still a good team in there somewhere:
for example:

Buffon
BBC
Dr Rossi
Darmian Jorghinho Bernadeschi Florenzi
Pellé Berardi

Conte won't play anything like that though. I'd also stick Pirol on for Jorghinio after 60 mins.

What do people think?
on the 8th May, 2016 at 12:12pm
There is an opportunity there for Conte to throw out a side of unprovens & see what they can do, Italy can be an underdog to the quarters. Personally I think there is enough fight in players like Florenzi, Candreva, Jorginho, Motta etc to make it difficult for opposition & enough flair in Insigne and Giovinco to make chances. The problem as always remains the strikers, who is going to be reliable in putting the ball in the net. I'd get Berardi & Zaza in there together upfront.
on the 8th May, 2016 at 9:25am
What is this situation :-((((((( Some curse ???!!!!

Now Darmian too doubtful !!!!!!!! :-O :-(

Azzurri supporters now will have to look forward and hope that they dont lose miserably ?????????!!!!!!! Thats it ..........
on the 8th May, 2016 at 8:52am
OMG no Verratti now. Please Conte don't be swayed by Monti and Motta - get some youth in their with the freshness and legs... Time to unleash the youth.
on the 8th May, 2016 at 8:21am
it would be an insane error by Conte to not call up Jorginho for the Euros. enough said.
on the 7th May, 2016 at 4:58pm
I am beginning to think the best thing to do is take a pass and forfeit all your games. No Verratti, no Marchisio, Pirlo and De Rossi with shot legs why bother going at all. We will be lucky if we draw a game. All our strikers are sucking big time. Our only hope is Insigne and Giovinco.
on the 7th May, 2016 at 4:40pm
Jorginho is the best in his position not just an option
but the owner of number six, his the master of twist, no monte pls
on the 7th May, 2016 at 3:56pm
How can this even be a debate? How could conte put montilivio in over this guy???? with marchisio and verratti out this is the best midfield player available....Go with the younger guys conte this euro will be painfull but the talent is on the rise!
on the 7th May, 2016 at 2:34pm
he might go to Euro
on the 7th May, 2016 at 9:23am

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