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Euros: Italy news, fixtures, manager, key players, Euros record

Defending Euros champions Italy are bidding for more glory in Germany this summer, but they face a tricky test in Group B alongside Spain, Croatia and Albania.

Italy were crowned champions of Europe at Wembley after beating England on penalties in the Euro 2020 final and the Azzurri are 14/1 to retain the trophy this summer.

European Championship-winning coach Roberto Mancini has moved on, however, and Italy finished a distant second to England in qualifying Group C, losing both of their matches against the Three Lions.

Italy Euro 2024 fixtures

Italy v Albania, 20:00, Saturday 15th June, BVB Stadion, Dortmund
Spain v Italy, 20:00, Thursday 20th June, Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen
Croatia v Italy, 20:00, Monday 24th June, Leipzig Stadium, Leipzig

Italy Euro 2024 squad

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Donnarumma (Paris Saint-Germain), Alex Meret (Napoli), Guglielmo Vicario (Tottenham).

Defenders: Alessandro Bastoni (Inter Milan), Raoul Bellanova (Torino), Alessandro Buongiorno (Torino), Riccardo Calafiori (Bologna), Andrea Cambiaso (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Inter Milan), Federico Gatti (Juventus), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli), Federico Dimarco (Inter Milan), Gianluca Mancini (Roma).

Midfielders: Nicolo Barella (Inter Milan), Bryan Cristante (Roma), Nicolo Fagioli (Juventus), Michael Folorunsho (Verona), Davide Frattesi (Inter Milan), Jorginho (Arsenal), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma).

Forwards: Federico Chiesa (Juventus), Stephan El Shaarawy (Roma), Giacomo Raspadori (Napoli), Mateo Retegui (Genoa), Gianluca Scamacca (Atalanta), Mattia Zaccagni (Lazio)

Italy manager

Luciano Spalletti

The 65-year-old made his name at Udinese, leading them to Champions League qualification in 2004/05, and lifted the Coppa Italia twice in four years at Roma.

He enjoyed more success during a five-year spell in charge of Zenit St Petersburg before returning to Italy, first with Roma and then with Inter Milan.

After a couple of years without a job, Spalletti made a spectacular return to management with Napoli, winning Serie A by 16 points in 2022/23 and succeeding Mancini as Italy coach in August 2023.

Italy captain

Ciro Immobile

Spalletti appointed veteran Lazio striker Ciro Immobile as his new captain in the autumn of 2023.

The forward, now 34, has scored more than 200 goals in all competitions for Lazio and found the net in Italy's first two group games at Euro 2020.

Immobile has not been a regular fixture in the national side, making only one appearance for the Azzurri in 2022, but he scored in last year's Nations League semi-final defeat to Spain and also notched against North Macedonia in his only Euro 2024 qualifying outing.

Italy key players

Gianluigi Donnarumma

The Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper was Italy's hero at Euro 2020, saving two penalties in the shootout victory over England in the final and winning the Player of the Tournament award at the age of 22.

Long regarded as the heir to legendary Italy keeper Gianluigi Buffon, former AC Milan star Donnarumma has already won more than 60 senior caps and has a crucial role to play at the Euros.

Nicolo Barella

Inter Milan midfielder Nicolo Barella's significance to the Italy set-up is reflected by the fact that he started seven of their eight Euro 2024 qualifiers - more than any other outfield player during the campaign.

Barella contributed a goal and an assist in the 2-1 quarter-final win over Belgium at Euro 2020 and has developed into one of Europe's most complete midfielders.

He has been a major factor in Inter's recent domestic and European success, making the Serie A Team of the Year in each of the past five seasons and being named Serie A's Best Midfielder in 2020/21 and 2022/23.

Federico Chiesa

Dashing winger Federico Chiesa lit up Euro 2020, scoring against Austria in the last 16 and Spain in the semi-finals to earn a spot in UEFA's Team of the Tournament.

Chiesa's progress was halted by a serious knee injury in January 2022, but he has had a fine season in Serie A for Juventus and scored twice in November's 5-2 qualifying win over North Macedonia.

Italy All-time Euros record

Year

Performance

1960

Did not enter

1964

Did not qualify

1968

Champions

1972

Did not qualify

1976

Did not qualify

1980

Fourth place

1984

Did not qualify

1988

Semi-finals

1992

Did not qualify

1996

Group stage

2000

Runners-up

2004

Group stage

2008

Quarter-finals

2012

Runners-up

2016

Quarter-finals

2020

Champions

Italy's Euro 2024 prospects

Italy came into Euro 2020 on a long unbeaten run under Mancini, but their build-up to their title defence has been far less smooth.

The Azzurri edged out England in the final at Wembley, but they lost at home and away to the Three Lions in qualifying, failed to make the 2022 World Cup finals and are still searching for a top-class striker.

Spalletti has taken over a team in transition - Italy used 40 players in their eight Euro 2024 qualifiers - and a tough group-stage draw against Spain and Croatia means the holders make limited appeal even at odds of 14/1.

Italy Euro 2024 odds

To Win Outright - 14/1
To Reach Final -
6/1
To Reach Semi-Final -
3/1
To Reach Quarter-Final -
11/10
Group Betting -
2/1
Group Qualification Yes -
1/8
Group Qualification No -
5/1

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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