Euro 2016 will see Italy’s team without striker Mario Balotelli and midfielder Andrea Pirlo. Antonio Conte did not release an official statement. He has, however, hinted who his picks will be through his comments in the past year.
The Italy coach has repeatedly said in the past that he will concentrate on the existing team he has, Guardian reports.
“Whoever wants to join in will have to deserve it twice as much, and will have to work much harder to take the place of those that are here.”
It is a curious case as to why Mario Balotelli and Andrea Pirlo have been left out of the Euro 2016 cup. Striker Mario Balotelli has previously joined Euro 2012, contributing a winning goal for Italy over Germany, The Guardian notes. However, recent plays by Balotelli paints him in a bad light. The striker has been struggling for goals, only ending with one goal for his current team, AC Milan.
Experienced midfielder Andrea Pirlo was also passed over despite making an appearance for the Italy team against Malta last September.
Italy team is currently composed of 30 players who will be whittled out by Antonio Conte to just 23 by the end of the month, ESPN reports.
The coach is also set to discuss his options in a press conference on Tuesday. Both media and fans will be waiting for his explanation regarding his Azzurri picks for the Italy team. After Euro 2016, Conte will resume his post as coach of the Chelsea club.
Euro 2016 will be hosted by France. It will run for a month from 10 June to 10 July. Euro 2015 champion Sweden will be looking to repeat a championship.
Meanwhile, Italy belongs to Group E along with defending champion Sweden, Belgium and Ireland. Italy is set to play against Scotland in a friendly game on Sunday.