The Under-21 National Team reached Krakow in the early afternoon where they will kick off against Denmark on Sunday at 20:45 CEST at Krakow Stadium.
In the morning, the Azzurrini will train for the first time on Polish soil at Wisla Krakow’s stadium. Giuseppe Pezzella will take part after the Palermo defender was called up in place of the injured Nicola Murru and he flew with the team after returning from the Under-20 World Cup. “I’m very happy because it’s always a dream to play with the national team,” he said. “A thought goes to Nicola [Murru], I hope that his issue is nothing serious. I benefited personally from the Under-20 World Cup and I’m satisfied at having finished third. I recharged my batteries together with my family and I’m now ready for this new adventure.”
The defender also thanked his club Palermo for allowing him to go with the national team. “To play in two important competitions with the Italy shirt in around a month doesn’t just happen to anybody. I will give my all to honour the shirt until the very end.”
Gabriele Oriali has the task of leading all involved with Italy as the Delegation Head. “I’m very happy to be in this role and I will work with great enthusiasm to represent the Federation at this competition,” he said. “I asked the boys to make me proud as I attempted to do a long time ago with this shirt. It will be a very difficult European Championship. There are some top quality sides and lots of talented players but we are confident.”
Tomorrow, the competition will begin in Kielce with reigning champions Sweden facing England in Group A. At 20:45 CEST, Lublin will be the venue as the hosts Poland take on Slovakia.
Goalkeepers: 17 Alessio Cragno (Benevento); 1 Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan); 19 Simone Scuffet (Udinese);
Defenders: 3 Antonio Barreca (Torino); 14 Davide Biraschi (Genoa); 2 Davide Calabria (Milan);
13 Mattia Caldara (Atalanta); 12 Andrea Conti (Atalanta); 22 Alex Ferrari (Verona); 23 Pezzella (Palermo); 4 Daniele Rugani (Juventus);
Midfielders: 15 Marco Benassi (Torino); 5 Danilo Cataldi (Genoa); 18 Roberto Gagliardini (Inter); 8 Alberto Grassi (Atalanta); 21 Manuel Locatelli (Milan); 6 Lorenzo Pellegrini (Sassuolo);
Forwards: 7 Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo); 10 Federico Bernardeschi (Fiorentina); 9 Alberto Cerri (Pescara); 20 Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina);16 Luca Garritano (Cesena); 11 Andrea Petagna (Atalanta).
Staff: Delegation Head: Gabriele Oriali; Coach: Luigi Di Biagio; Assistant Coach: Carmine Nunziata; Assistant Coach: Daniele Franceschini; Secretary: Emiliano Cozzi; Goalkeeping Coach: Antonio Chimenti; Fitness Coaches: Vito Azzone and Luca Coppari; Match Analyst: Filippo Lorenzon; Doctors: Angelo De Carli and Luca Gatteschi; Nutritionist Cristian Petri; Physiotherapist: Enzo Paolini, Guido Mauro Ferrini and Maurizio Fagorzi.