Gnonto and Scalvini, no Europeans: Zurich and Atalanta opposed each other

Three players, three clubs, two different decisions that could mark the path of theItaly toEuropean U19. In the list of 20 called up by the coach Carmine Nunziata there are not Giorgio Scalvini And Wilfried Gnontothe youngest scorer in the history of the senior national team: Atalanta And Zurich they said no to their participation in the tournament which will be played in Slovakia from 18 June to 1 July. He will be there instead (but not for the first game, he is disqualified) Fabio Mirettiplaymaker of Juventus. The bianconeri have given the green light to their player’s “sliding” from U21 to U19. For Scalvini and Gnonto, returning from their Nations League debut with Mancini’s blues, the jump back would have been double.

The U19 European Championship, which qualifies the four semi-finalists and a fifth team that will come out of a play-off for the U20 World Cup, is out of the date windows Fifa. So the clubs were able to freely choose whether to sell their players to the national teams or not. Especially as regards Gnonto, who was ready to leave with the books to prepare for his high school diploma, the motivation is linked to the market: Zurich wants to avoid injuries now that the offers are flooding (already over ten million euros). And then the Swiss feared a depreciation from a possible return among the coetans of Gnonto. Instead, he will stay at home to study for the exam as well as Scalvini: Wednesday is the first test.

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The group of Italy

It is understandable that both players would have gladly left for Slovakia. A symptom of great attachment to the blue shirt. And humility, after his debut with the greats. Also for this reason the FIGC waited for them until the end, hoping for the U19 European Championship Italy will face in the group Romania (June 18), Slovakia (June 21) e France (June 24). In Group B England, Serbia, Israel And Austria. The matches of the azzurrini will be broadcast live on Rai Sport HD. Absent the reigning champions of the Spain and battleships like Belgium And Germanyboth eliminated by Italy in the qualifying phase.

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The squad of Italy for the European Championship

Goalkeepers: Desplanches (Milan), Zacchi (Sassuolo).

Defenders: Coppola (Verona), Fontanarosa (Inter), Ghilardi (Verona), Mulazzi (Juventus), Stivanello (Bologna), Terracciano (Verona), Turicchia (Juventus).

Midfielders: Casadei (Inter), Degli Innocenti (Empoli), Fabbian (Inter), Faticanti (Rome), Fazzini (Empoli), Giovane (Atalanta), Miretti (Juventus).

Forwards: Ambrosino Di Bruttopilo (Naples), Baldanzi (Empoli), Nasti (Milan), Volpato (Rome).

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