Italy gaffer Luciano Spalletti has issued his final call-ups for Friday’s game versus North Macedonia. Five players will watch the tilt from the stands since they can’t all be on the bench. Guglielmo Vicario, who’s under the weather, Andrea Colpani, who will have to wait for his debut, Cristiano Biraghi, who was a late addition, and Moise Kean didn’t make the match-day squad list, OneFootball reports.
The Juventus striker lost out to Giacomo Raspadori and Gianluca Scamacca for the penultimate Euro 2024 qualifier. Manuel Lazzari and Gianluca Mancini arrived at Coverciano following some injuries and will be options.
The latest indications about the Italy lineup suggest the Napoli marksman will lead the line. Federico Chiesa and Domenico Berardi will join him up front, La Gazzetta dello Sport informs. Giacomo Bonaventura and Jorginho are expected to start over Davide Frattesi and Bryan Cristante, along with staple Nicolò Barella. The Arsenal star will handle penalty duties despite his previous key errors, as the gaffer revealed in his pre-game presser.
Spalletti rehearsed the Francesco Acerbi and Federico Gatti pairing in practice. The Bianconeri youngster should get the nod over the more experienced Mancini. Matteo Darmian will replace Di Lorenzo on the right. Federico Dimarco will man the other flank as usual.
Beating North Macedonia would put Italy in the driver’s seat to finish in second position without necessarily winning against Ukraine on Monday.
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