Wednesday May 18 2016
Euro 2016 Squad Selector: Giaccherini

In the run-up to Euro 2016, Football Italia will be asking who Antonio Conte should select in his Italy squad. Barney Lloyd-Wood tips Emanuele Giaccherini.

There is often a feel around the time of an international tournament that anything is possible when it comes to Azzurri squad selection. Emanuele Giaccherini may have faced a tough period in his club career, yet for the international team, he has as strong as case as any to be a surprise inclusion in Antonio Conte’s squad for the European Championships.

Since the current Italy boss Conte oversaw the sale of Giaccherini from Juventus to Sunderland, his career stagnated in England. He has only played five times for his country, scoring once against Nigeria. Yet overall, his international career is fairly impressive, with 23 appearances, as well as holding the record for the fastest goal in the national side’s history, after 19 seconds against Haiti.

Age is perhaps not on his side, but under Conte we have seen that age is little more than a number in his squad selections, often preferring the likes of Graziano Pellè to Mario Balotelli.

Giaccherini has shown signs he can still play a part for his country during his loan move at Bologna, with seven goals in 25 appearances (just seven fewer appearances than he has had in two years at Sunderland).

He shows hard work as well as experience, after being a focal point of Cesare Prandelli’s Italy side that got to the final of the last European Championships, playing in a 3-5-2 formation. While it may potentially be too late for the winger to push himself up the pecking order, his hard work in both defence and attack will at least give his national manager another option to consider for his 23-man squad.

What may be most unfortunate for Giaccherini is the wealth of talent that Conte has at his disposal in that particular position. This is by no means anything new, but with the likes of Stephan El Shaarawy returning to Italy and finding form at Roma, as well as similar talents like Giacomo Bonaventura, Eder, Lorenzo Insigne and Sebastian Giovinco, to name but a few, the Bologna man may be kicking himself that he found his form so late on.

He will definitely be considered among the candidates, there is of course a preliminary 30-man squad selection. Getting into that will be tricky enough, staying in the final 23-man squad may be an entirely different challenge for the dynamic winger.

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Have your say...
He always seems to play well for Italy.At the last Euro's in a 3-5-2, at the Confeds cup in Brazil. Not even sure why he went to Sunderland? He did well there when picked but he was in a struggling team fighting relegation n didn't always fit with the physical, combative side of premiership. Good technically too, very underrated n I always think Italy play better when they have those tricky small player's like him n Giovinco rather than the lumbering beasts although Pelle does link up play well.
on the 23rd May, 2016 at 4:06am
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Conte currently has 16 players that he is certain of: Gianluigi Buffon, Salvatore Sirigu, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Matteo Darmian, Antonio Candreva, Alessandro Florenzi, Thiago Motta, Marco Parolo, Emanuele Giaccherini, Stephan El Shaarawy, Federico Bernardeschi, Eder, Simone Zaza and Graziano Pelle

let's hope that some of the new faces that's in the preliminary squad outshine Montolivo!! and Motta..
on the 20th May, 2016 at 2:25pm
average but can play multiple positions (wide or more narrow mid, wing back) and never stops running - he's going
on the 19th May, 2016 at 9:13am
There's no place for Giaccherini in the Azzurri squad. He lacks the quality to play at international level and to pick him on the basis that he's a hard working player would be foolish as there must surely be other hard working players available who are better footballers than him. Parolo, Soriano, Candreva, Bonaventura, Baselli, Florenzi and Darmian are all better players! Would still prefer him to Montolivo though!
on the 19th May, 2016 at 8:59am
Candreva-Jorginho-De Rossi-Bonaventura

Candreva-De Rossi-Jorginho-Parolo-Bonaventura
on the 19th May, 2016 at 7:39am
In that particular position with the likes of El Shaarawy, Bonaventura, Eder, Insigne and Giovinco, I would choose both Bonaventura and Giovinco (as a sub).
on the 19th May, 2016 at 7:25am
No to Giaccherini he is average and too old.

Let the young guys play and gain experience. Bring Rugani and shelter him with Bonucci and Chiellini/Barzagli.
Bring Zappacosta too as a sub for Darmian.

Bring Vasquez and Giovinco he creates chances with his speed even
if only as a sub.

Parolo-Jorginho-De Rossi
(SES,Giovinco)Candreva- Pelle- Insigne (Bernardes,Insigne)
on the 19th May, 2016 at 6:31am
He always gives 100% when he plays for the Azzurri and that's what Conte wants. If I have to put money on it I think Conte is taking him in final 23.
on the 18th May, 2016 at 9:22pm
Conte seems to see himself in this player and gets a great deal of reassurances from picking him. To be fair Giacch does play a similar style and game to what Conte played. But personally I think Giacch has no place in the Azzurri with the competetion for places, he hasnt held a position at a top side in any of the european leagues for some time (since Juve really) and with consideration to his age too having turned 30, his time to play and make an impact in the Azzurri has passed.
on the 18th May, 2016 at 8:52pm
Giak is nothing special, but he IS million times better addition than Montolivo... if that clown can make the cut, so should Giak
on the 18th May, 2016 at 7:11pm
No! No! No! I don't wven understand why this hobbit occupies a space! No. Leave him at home.
on the 18th May, 2016 at 7:08pm
Conte's favorite player, one who unfortunately is the poster child for the current Azzurri squad
on the 18th May, 2016 at 4:30pm

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