Spalletti Not Planning Major Overhaul of Italy Squad

Luciano Spalletti will soon be formally introduced as the new Italy coach and will begin his stay with two key matches against North Macedonia and Ukraine. He’ll issue his first squad list Friday. He’s mulling some changes compared to the Roberto Mancini era, La Gazzetta dello Sport informs.

The gaffer will call up at least 30 players and then trim down the roster based on injuries and lack of conditioning. There won’t be modifications between the sticks. Gianluigi Donnarumma will remain the starter, backed up by Alex Meret, Guglielmo Vicario, and Ivan Provedel. Marco Carnesecchi hasn’t played with Atalanta so far.

Spalletti is keeping tabs on a few budding youngsters, Cesare Casadei, Andrea Colpani, and Micheal Kayode. However, he won’t experiment much right away. Marco Verratti and Jorginho will be in Coverciano, but the former has been for sale for the entire summer, and the latter has featured little in the first three Arsenal matches. They won’t be able to see full minutes. Nicolò Barella, Sandro Tonali, Davide Frattesi, and Manuel Locatelli are more likely to start. Bryan Cristante or Matteo Pessina will round out the position.

The two top strikers, Ciro Immobile and Mateo Retegui, are in good shape. Giacomo Raspadori and Gianluca Scamacca will also be options. Spalletti will likely enlist Domenico Berardi and Nicolò Zaniolo too despite their transfer sagas.

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