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  • Updated: May 23, 2024

Italy to deny Nigeria Verona midfielder Folorunsho, player named in Euro provisional squad

Italy to deny Nigeria Verona midfielder Folorunsho, player n

Nigeria could yet lose another football prospect in Verona midfielder Michael Folorunsho who was named in Italy's Euro 2024 provisional squad on Thursday afternoon.

The midfield gem captured the attention of close watchers who believe that he could improve the Super Eagles and unless he is dropped from the final selection by coach Luciano Spalletti, Nigeria may not be able to cap-tie him for the three-time African champions.

The Azzurri coach could not call upon Newcastle United midfielder Sandro Tonali as he continues his suspension for betting offences but shocked many observers by dropping the duo of Marco Verratti and Ciro Immobile, stars who many believe make the Italians thick. 

Spalletti has not called up Verratti since replacing Roberto Mancini in August 2023.

Arsenal midfielder Jorginho and Tottenham goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario were both named in the provisional 30-man squad for the Euros which holds from June 14 to July 14, 2024.

Italy are the defending champions, having beaten England in the final of the previous tournament under Mancini, although they failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

Spalletti has also included Nicolo Fagioli in his initial squad, with the Juventus midfielder only recently returning to action following a seven-month ban for breaching betting rules.

Striker Gianluca Scamacca, who was dropped for Italy's friendlies in March against Venezuela and Ecuador, is also selected after winning the Europa League with Atalanta on Wednesday night.

The deadline for final squads, of up to 26 players, to be submitted for the tournament in Germany is midnight on 7 June.

They play Turkey and Bosnia-Herzegovina in friendlies before opening their Euro 2024 campaign against Albania on 15 June, in a group that also includes Spain and Croatia.

Italy's provisional squad is seen below: 

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

Defenders: Francesco Acerbi (Inter Milan), Alessandro Bastoni (Inter Milan), Raoul Bellanova (Torino), Alessandro Buongiorno (Torino), Riccardo Calafiori (Bologna), Andrea Cambiaso (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Inter Milan), Giovanni di Lorenzo (Napoli), Federico Dimarco (Inter Milan), Gianluca Mancini (Roma), Giorgio Scalvini (Atalanta)

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

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

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