The veteran is one of the most experienced options for Antonio Conte this summer, but that doesn't necessarily make bringing him to France the right decision.
Riccardo Montolivo has been a staple in Milan's starting line-up since his arrival in 2012, despite the plethora of coaching changes at San Siro. Even then, regular playing time may still not be enough for the 31-year-old to make Antonio Conte's final squad this summer.
There is no denying that the Azzurri could use the kind of veteran presence in the middle of the pitch that the 31-year-old carries with him, especially with the loss of Claudio Marchisio. Not only did Montolivo participate in the last European Championship that saw the Italians make it all the way to the final, he was also a member of the 2009 Confederations Cup team, the 2010 World Cup squad, and he would have been in Brazil during the 2014 World Cup had it not been for a broken leg.
However, Montolivo hasn't exactly been turning heads the past couple of seasons either, and he is far from the guarantee he had been in the past.
The midfielder's last goal for his club came on April 13, 2014 - against Catania - but even more worrying is the fact that he that he has picked up just one assist in the last two seasons. While Montolivo was never a goal-scoring machine, his lack of offensive production in the past couple of campaigns is a real sign that the veteran has yet to regain the form he showed prior to breaking his leg.
The Azzurri have struggled to develop talented midfielders in recent years, and with youngsters like Jorginho and Roberto Soriano chomping at the bit to play for Italy this summer, Conte may decide the time is right to finally give the next generation their chance.
However, considering Montolivo was called up in Italy's most recent friendlies against Germany and Spain, it should be expected that he does get the nod to play in France as well. His likely inclusion in Conte's side will be due to the sad state of midfielders in the country at the moment. Montolivo hasn't done much to warrant a call in recent times, but Conte also doesn't have a many other options at his disposal either.
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