Midfield pair Marco Verratti and Stefano Sensi were both included in Italy’s squad for Euro 2020 named late Tuesday despite recent injuries.
Coach Roberto Mancini unveiled his 26-man squad at the midnight June 1 deadline set by UEFA ahead of the June 11-July 11 tournament.
There was also a surprise inclusion of Sassuolo forward Giacomo Raspadori, 21, who has not yet played for the senior national side.
Raspadori became available after Italy were eliminated from the European Under-21 Championship.
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The centre-forward could provide an attacking option alongside Ciro Immobile and Andrea Belotti.
Verratti suffered knee ligament damage last month with his club, Paris Saint-Germain, estimating that six weeks’ recovery could be needed, which would rule the 28-year-old out of the group matches.
Sensi suffered a thigh muscle problem on the final day of the season playing for Serie A champions Inter Milan.
Veteran Juventus defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci are also included, with Atalanta’s Rafael Toloi preferred to Roma’s Gianluca Mancini.
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Atalanta midfielder Matteo Pessina and Napoli winger Matteo Politano were both left out.
After failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the Azzurri are looking for redemption in a tournament they won in 1968.
They kick off on June 11 against Turkey in Group A in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico, where they will also play Switzerland and Wales.
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Alex Meret (Napoli), Salvatore Sirigu (Torino)
Defenders: Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Alessandro Bastoni (Inter), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli), Emerson Palmieri (Chelsea/ENG), Alessandro Florenzi (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Leonardo Spinazzola (Roma), Rafael Toloi (Atalanta)
Midfielders: Nicolo Barella (Inter), Bryan Cristante (Roma), Jorginho (Chelsea/ENG), Manuel Locatelli (Sassuolo), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Stefano Sensi (Inter), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA)
Forwards: Andrea Belotti (Torino), Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Federico Chiesa (Juventus), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Giacomo Raspadori (Sassuolo)