Roberto Mancini’s Italy squad selection has been hampered by disciplinary problems and injury woes.
The Mirror revealed that former Juventus and now Everton winger Moise Kean had been dropped from the squad after disciplinary problems at the U21 European Championships.
Kean and Roma’s Zaniolo were reprimanded for behaviour and poor conduct off the field. It is understood they were out past team curfew and subsequently late for team meetings.
Mancini said this was not a punishment but a learning curve for the pair and expected them back in the future.
“We gave them a great opportunity and we hope this helps them going forward. They must learn to behave well. Professionals must always behave well.”
While these squad adjustments were self-inflicted, the rest will be concerning.
Forward Lorenzo Insigne has withdrawn after a muscular problem.
Defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Mattia De Sciglio, as well as midfielder Bryan Cristante, has already been ruled out through injury too.
Vincenzo Grifo has been drafted in as Insigne’s replacement. While Francesco Acerbi, Danilo D’Ambrosio, and Sandro Tonali are Chiellini, De Sciglio and Cristante’s, respectively.
Mancini’s Full Italy Squad for the games against Armenia and Finland is:
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Pierluigi Gollini (Atalanta), Alex Meret (Napoli), Salvatore Sirigu (Torino);
Defenders: Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Danilo D’Ambrosio (Inter), Emerson Palmieri (Chelsea), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Armando Izzo (Torino), Gianluca Mancini (Roma), Luca Pellegrini (Cagliari), Alessio Romagnoli (Milan);
Midfielders: Nicolò Barella (Inter), Frello Filho Jorge Luiz Jorginho (Chelsea), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Stefano Sensi (Inter), Sandro Tonali (Brescia), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain);
Forwards: Andrea Belotti (Torino), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Stephan El Shaarawy (Shangai Shenhua), Vincenzo Grifo (Friburgo), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Kevin Lasagna (Udinese).
The Azzurri captain has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. pic.twitter.com/4lwX0SsXZd
— Italy (@azzurri) August 31, 2019