EURO 2020 – Turkey vs Italy team news: At long last, after a year’s delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the rescheduled European Championship is finally upon us as Turkey and Italy get proceedings underway tonight in the first Group A affair at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico – but straightaway their is some bad news for the Italian team.
EURO 2020 – Pellegrini injured: Italy boss Roberto Mancini, who is already missing dynamic Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti, suffered another blow in the build-up to tonight’s opening game when Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini was forced out with a muscle injury.
He will be replaced by Gaetano Castrovilli of Fiorentina.
EURO 2020 – Turkey vs Italy team news: Bad start for Mancini & Italy, Pellegrini injured and out of UEFA
Pellegrini was struggling for fitness ahead of the tournament but earned a place in Roberto Mancini’s 26-man squad, only to suffer an injury in training on Wednesday.
“The FIGC has submitted a request to UEFA surrounding the possibility of replacing Lorenzo Pellegrini, who, in training yesterday, picked up an injury,” read a FIGC statement.
“He was taken for a scan this morning and will nonetheless remain part of the group, which will travel to Rome this morning. In anticipation of an answer from UEFA, Gaetano Castrovilli will join up with the group in Rome.”
Italy welcomes Turkey to Rome’s Stadio Olimpico for the opening game of the tournament on Friday.
Turkey vs Italy Predicted Teams for today’s match
Turkey: Cakir; Meras, Soyunco, Demiral, Celik; Yokuslu, Tufan; Karaman, Calhanoglu, Yazici; Yilmaz
Italy: Donnarmma; Florenzi, Chiellini, Bonucci, Spinnazola; Locatelli, Jorginho, Barella; Insigne, Immobile, Chiesa
Turkey vs Italy: Before that though, there is the matter of the traditional opening ceremony, with Martin Garrix, Bono and The Edge delivering a high-tech virtual performance of We Are The People whilst famed Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli sings the classic Nessun Dorma.
UEFA EURO 2020 Past Champions: There have been 15 European Championships in the past – and 10 different winners.
Here is the competition’s illustrious roll of honour:
Germany/West Germany (winners in 1972, 1980, 1996)
Spain (1964, 2008, 2012)
France (1984, 2000)
Soviet Union (1960)