Gatti called up to the Italian national team, depleted by the absence of Acerbi and Scalvini

The Juventus player was part of a "prevention" group and has now been called up by Spalletti.

SoccerDino, Website Writer
Published: 04:02, 3 Jun 2024

Defender Federico Gatti was called up this Monday to the Italian national team for the 2024 European Championship, following the absences of Francesco Acerbi and Giorgio Scalvini, as announced by the Italian federation.

The 25-year-old Juventus player, who has three caps for Italy, was selected by coach Luciano Spalletti to fill the spots left by Acerbi and Scalvini, both of whom are sidelined due to injuries. Gatti is expected to join the reigning champions' training camp later today.

Gatti, who was initially part of a standby group of players, now joins the main squad, bringing the total number of players to 29. From this group, the final list of 26 players selected for the tournament's final phase will be announced on Thursday. This strategic inclusion ensures the Italian squad remains competitive and well-prepared for the upcoming tournament.

Italy is in Group B of the 2024 European Championship, which will take place in Germany from June 14 to July 14. They will compete alongside the national teams of Albania, Croatia, and Spain. The Italian team is aiming to defend their title, having won the previous edition of the tournament.

The inclusion of Gatti is seen as a critical move by Spalletti, ensuring that the team has enough depth and versatility in defense. Gatti’s experience with Juventus, one of Italy’s top clubs, is expected to bring additional strength to the squad. His recent performances have shown that he is more than capable of stepping up to the demands of international competition.

The Italian federation expressed confidence in the updated squad's ability to perform at the highest level, despite the setbacks of losing key players like Acerbi and Scalvini. The squad will continue their rigorous preparation, with training sessions designed to optimize performance and build team cohesion.

Fans and analysts are keenly watching Italy’s progress, as they hope to see the team maintain their high standards and competitive edge. The anticipation for the tournament is building, with expectations that Italy will once again showcase their tactical prowess and team spirit on the European stage.

Updated: 04:02, 3 Jun 2024