Gianluigi Buffon - 7
Another great tournament from the long-time No.1. Difficult to remember the last time he had a bad game in an event, such is the consistency of his performances for Italy. Despite the talk surrounding Gianluigi Donnarumma, Buffon is showing no signs at all that he should relinquish his first XI spot.
Mattia De Sciglio - 6
Receives a lot of criticism for his efforts at Milan, but is a player who never lets Italy down when he plays, even in a wing-back position that isn’t his usual at club level. Was dangerous offensively against Spain, a facet of the game often cited by his detractors.
Giorgio Chiellini - 7
Had his performances and form questioned during the club season, but was an important part of arguably the best defence in the tournament. Knows his limitations with the ball, and was more than happy to either play it long or give it to someone with a bit more ability.
Matteo Darmian - 6
Started the first game, but then lost his place and couldn’t get it back. He didn’t do a lot wrong against Belgium, so you have to wonder whether Antonio Conte believed his fitness didn’t allow him to perform at a high enough level over 90 minutes. Nevertheless, he performed well whenever he was called upon from the bench in the subsequent games.
Angelo Ogbonna - 6
Had one game against Republic of Ireland in a much-changed XI. Defended well against their physicality and was useful on the ball.
Antonio Candreva - 6
Wasn’t missed at all in the Spain victory, but Italy could have done with his presence against Germany - somebody a bit more adventurous to create something for a team that didn’t show a great deal of ambition for most of the 120 minutes. Played well in the Belgium game, but was less of a factor against Sweden, like many of his teammates.
Simone Zaza - 6
His ridiculous penalty aside, Zaza’s willingness to run into the channels gave Conte a different option in attack, albeit one that wasn’t used that much during games that weren’t dead rubbers.
Alessandro Florenzi - 6
Took over from Darmian after the first game and deservedly kept his spot. His versatility is impressive - he played on both flanks, and can play in the middle too - but is probably going to hamper his international career in the long-term unless he can nail down a position. Offered tireless running, but his ability to beat a player wasn’t seen often enough.
Graziano Pellè - 6
A very difficult player to rate. He held the ball up incredibly well during most games, and was well suited to the many long balls Italy played, but wasn’t a goal threat often enough. Could tell he enjoyed playing with a smaller, more mobile striker in Eder, but the lack of quality from both was telling at times.
Thiago Motta - 6
Given the No.10 shirt but then kept on the bench in favour of Daniele De Rossi, whose performance as a sub against Finland in the pre-tournament friendly probably convinced Conte he was the man to go with. Limited to late-game appearances, he still managed to get enough bookings for a suspension.
Ciro Immobile - 6
Conte’s decision to bring him on against Belgium was probably his best substitute in the entire tournament, because it gave Italy a threat on the break and outlet to run it into the corners and waste time. The space he was afforded in that match wasn’t there against Republic of Ireland, and he didn’t look anywhere near as good in his only other appearance in France.
Salvatore Sirigu - 5
He’s no Buffon, but he has been relatively reliable when called upon in the past - England in the 2014 World Cup, for example. But his 90 minutes against Republic of Ireland were poor. A number of flaps at crosses, including some questionable decision making for Robbie Brady’s goal, highlighted his lack of football for PSG this season. Unless he can find a first XI place at club level soon, then his place as Italy No.2 could well come under scrutiny, especially as the Azzurri have a number of young goalkeepers waiting to make the step up.
Federico Marchetti - no rating
Stefano Sturaro - 6
Something of an unnecessary pick for the squad, as Italy didn’t need another midfielder like Sturaro. He generally went about his duties well, but he’s better suited as a role player surrounded by more talented figures, as he is for Juventus, rather than being one of many doing a similar job in midfield.
Andrea Barzagli - 7
Had a very good tournament, and if he retires from international duty his ability to build from the back will be sorely missed. Having two central defenders who could play the ball was vital to Italy progressing as far as they did.
Daniele De Rossi - 6
Forced his way into the XI during the pre-tournament friendlies, and repaid Conte’s decision to go with him over Thiago Motta. That said, his range of passing and verticality wasn’t always on show as much as Italy would have liked. It wasn’t easy, as Italy didn’t have more of the ball in any of their five games, but they could have done with De Rossi trying to make his mark a bit more. Without the ball, he was as good as ever, albeit helped by having energetic players either side of him.
Eder - 6
Ran hard for the team in every game, but bar his goal against Sweden, he did not show enough quality on a regular basis. His miss while through one-on-one versus Spain was more like the Eder Inter fans have come to expect.
Marco Parolo - 6
In theory, it was down to Parolo to be the creative force in midfield. In practice, it wasn’t ever going to work like that because he isn’t really good enough, and it showed during Euro 2016. His best game was probably against Germany, in a relatively unfamiliar deeper role in front of the defence.
Leonardo Bonucci - 8
The undoubted star for Italy. He has had a tournament that has probably put him into consideration for being one of the top three defenders in the world. Bonucci is incredibly valuable in an era where having central defenders who can build from the back is becoming more desirable.
Lorenzo Insigne - 6
In the few minutes he received, he demonstrated that he was Italy’s best forward. His performance off the bench against Sweden likely earned the trust of Conte, because it is not beyond the realms of possibility that we wouldn’t have seen him again had he not played well in that time. One of the biggest failings of the Conte reign is not giving more time to Insigne and Pellè to see if they could form a partnership.
Federico Bernardeschi - 6
Didn’t show any of his Fiorentina form in his one appearance during the competition. A very attacking option as a wing back - he’s played mainly as a winger for the U-21s - and he didn’t really fit with what Conte was looking for from his wing-backs during the three weeks. A player who was stifled by the style of play, rather than someone who wasn’t very good.
Stephan El Shaarawy - 6
A similar story to Bernardeschi. El Shaarawy is a very offensive option for a left wing-back - he’s not even a wing-back - and Conte figured pretty early that the Roma man wasn’t what he needed during the tournament. Offered little during his time on the pitch, but like Bernardeschi was more stifled by the style. And, again like the Fiorentina youngster, was essentially in this strange position where he became surplus to requirements, save for the run-out against Republic of Ireland where Conte was just giving his main guys a rest.
Emanuele Giaccherini - 6
Offered a different skill set to all the other midfielders. He was willing to run beyond Pellè, and equally happy to try and beat an opponent. But Italy’s lack of possession nullified his different offensive skills for long periods, meaning he was reduced to running hard like everyone else.
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