With the Serie A season officially concluded, most people’s attention will turn to the coaching carousel and summer mercato. However, there’s still some meaningful football to play for many on the Roma roster with the upcoming international window. The Italian National Team will play it’s next two Euro 2020 qualifiers in the next couple weeks. The Group J leading Azzurri will travel to Athens to play Greece on June 7th before hosting Bosnia-Herzegovina on June 11th in Turin.
With that in mind, Roberto Mancini has announced his squad call-ups for the upcoming matches. Mancini has called up 33 players, who will begin training at Coverciano on Saturday. Out of the 33 players recalled, six are members of the current Roma roster. That ties Juventus for the most of any club team.
The Roma Contingent
The surprise inclusion of Mancini’s group. Mirante was superb down the stretch for Roma after taking over for Robin Olsen. With Gigi Donnarumma out injured, Mirante received his first call-up since the pre-Euro 2016 training camp under Conte. The 35 year old has been called up various times in his career but has yet to be capped for the Azzurri. It’s unlikely he plays this time around either, but it’s a great story.
The new Roma captain is now one of the Azzurri’s senior players. Florenzi’s 31 caps are tied with Lorenzo Insigne for fifth most on the current Italy squad. He should be in the mix to start at least one of the two upcoming matches at right full back.
Zaniolo continues to receive plaudits from Mancini despite his limited Serie A experience. And the coach has again put his money where his mouth is by recalling the newly crowned Serie A Young Player of the Year. He was capped for the first time in Italy’s last set of qualifiers in March and should be in the running for another appearance in June. At the very least, it’s another opportunity to impress Mancini in training.
Pellegrini has been a regular inclusion in Mancini’s squads since he’s taken over the national team role. However, Pellegrini hasn’t appeared in a match since November’s Nations League draw against Portugal. With the regular midfield of Barella, Jorginho, and Verratti working together so well, it’s likely Pellegrini will be battling with Sensi and Zaniolo as the first option behind them.
Cristante has been called up at various times under Mancini but hasn’t played in a match since September’s Nations League match against Portugal in Lisbon. Cristante will have to work hard in training to work his way into a talented Azzurri midfield rotation.
Stephan El Shaarawy
Il Faraone hasn’t appeared from the Azzurri since the failed World Cup 2018 qualification campaign under Ventura. El Shaarawy is coming off his best season since joining Roma three and a half years ago. With none of Italy’s talented wingers having truly established themselves as must start players, one would think that El Shaarawy will be given a good hard look by Mancini. He’s the hot hand of the group and that could translate into a start.
The full 33 man roster:
Defenders: Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Cristiano Biraghi (Fiorentina), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Mattia De Sciglio (Juventus), Emerson Palmieri (Chelsea), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Armando Izzo (Torino), Gianluca Mancini (Atalanta), Alessio Romagnoli (Milan), Leonardo Spinazzola (Juventus).
Midfielders: Nicolò Barella (Cagliari), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Bryan Cristante (Roma), Frello Filho Jorge Luiz Jorginho (Chelsea), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Stefano Sensi (Sassuolo), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain), Nicolò Zaniolo (Roma).
Forwards: Andrea Belotti (Torino), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Stephan El Shaarawy (Roma), Vincenzo Grifo (Friburgo), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Moise Kean (Juventus), Leonardo Pavoletti (Cagliari), Matteo Politano (Inter), Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria).