Mancini keeps Italy’s Euro 2020 winners for Nations League

September 30, 2021 GMT
Italy's coach Roberto Mancini applauds fans ahead of the World Cup 2022 qualifier group C soccer match between Italy and Lithuania at the Città del Tricolore stadium in Reggio Emilia, Italy, Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Italy's coach Roberto Mancini applauds fans ahead of the World Cup 2022 qualifier group C soccer match between Italy and Lithuania at the Città del Tricolore stadium in Reggio Emilia, Italy, Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Italy's coach Roberto Mancini applauds fans ahead of the World Cup 2022 qualifier group C soccer match between Italy and Lithuania at the Città del Tricolore stadium in Reggio Emilia, Italy, Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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Italy's coach Roberto Mancini applauds fans ahead of the World Cup 2022 qualifier group C soccer match between Italy and Lithuania at the Città del Tricolore stadium in Reggio Emilia, Italy, Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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Italy's coach Roberto Mancini applauds fans ahead of the World Cup 2022 qualifier group C soccer match between Italy and Lithuania at the Città del Tricolore stadium in Reggio Emilia, Italy, Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

MILAN (AP) — Italy coach Roberto Mancini recalled all the fit players from his European Championship-winning squad on Thursday for the Nations League semifinal against Spain next week.

Only four players are missing from the 26-man squad that beat England in the Euro 2020 final in July: Leonardo Spinazzola, Alessandro Florenzi, Gaetano Castrovilli and Andrea Belotti. All are injured.

The only player named in the 23-man squad for the Nations League finals not to feature in Italy’s success was Lorenzo Pellegrini. The Roma midfielder was originally part of the squad for Euro 2020 but was injured in training with the national team and was replaced at the last minute by Castrovilli.

Italy meets Spain in Milan in the Nations League final four next Wednesday, three months after their Euro 2020 semifinal.

The winner will face world champion France or Belgium in the Nations League final in Milan on Oct. 10, while the losers will play a third-place match the same day in Turin.

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France plays Belgium in Turin on Thursday.

As well as beating Spain on penalties in Euro 2020, Italy also beat Belgium 2-1 in the quarterfinals.

Italy is on an international record run of 37 consecutive games unbeaten.

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Squad:

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Donnarumma (Paris Saint-Germain), Alex Meret (Napoli), Salvatore Sirigu (Genoa)

Defenders: Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Alessandro Bastoni (Inter Milan), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli), Emerson Palmieri (Lyon), Rafael Toloi (Atalanta)

Midfielders: Nicolò Barella (Inter Milan), Bryan Cristante (Roma), Jorginho (Chelsea), Manuel Locatelli (Juventus), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Matteo Pessina (Atalanta), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain)

Forwards: Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Federico Chiesa (Juventus), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Giacomo Raspadori (Sassuolo)

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