Italy has been reborn since the appointment of Roberto Mancini.

In fact, they haven’t been beaten since 2018, a truly impressive feat.

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Italy will try to repeat their previous success.

They go into the EM with an unbelievable 100 percent record in their qualifying games, a 25-game unbeaten series.

After missing the 2018 World Cup in Russia, many people wrote the nation off, but they are ready to prove the naysayers wrong.

With a strong squad including defensive anchor Giorgio Chiellini and a proven coach, Italy could be a dark horse this summer.

The four-time World Cup winners are looking for their second European Championship trophy.

The nation has seemingly bounced back from its 2018 embarrassment, with a new look and style of play that has already proven successful.

Italy will be strong favorites for the group they share with Wales, Turkey and Switzerland.

Chiellini has to do his best if Italy is to be successful at the European Championship

The group

goalkeeper: Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Alex Meret (Naples), Salvatore Sirigu (Turin)

defender: Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Alessandro Bastoni (Inter), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Naples), Emerson Palmieri (Chelsea), Alessandro Florenzi (Paris), Leonardo Spinazzola (Rome), Rafael Toloi (Atalanta)

midfield player: Nicolo Barella (Inter), Bryan Cristante (Rome), Jorginho (Chelsea), Manuel Locatelli (Sassuolo), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Rome), Stefano Sensi (Inter), Marco Verratti (PSG)

Forward: Andrea Belotti (Turin), Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Federico Chiesa (Juventus), Ciro Immobile (Latium), Lorenzo Insigne (Naples), Giacomo Raspadori (Sassuolo)

The star man: Gianluigi Donnarumma

Donnarumma will be available this summer

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Donnarumma will be available this summer

At the age of 22, Gianluigi Donnarumma made an insane 251 appearances for his club.

The world-class goalkeeper will be leaving Milan this summer as his contract expires with Chelsea and Manchester United already linked to him.

As a client of super agent Mino Raiola, he can expect a hefty new salary and a good performance in euros would add to his value.

The Italian will feel in safe hands between the sticks at Donnarumma, his performances being key to the country’s recent success.

They conceded four goals in Italy’s qualifying round, only Belgium had a better defensive record.

To watch out for: Giacomo Raspadori

Italy has developed some of the best players in world football over the years and Giacomo Raspadori could be the next big thing.

The Sassuolo forward has done enough this season to impress Robert Mancini.

Raspadori has no cap on his name and will have his chance to show his talent on one of the greatest stages in international football.

The 21-year-old will bring Ciro Immobile and Andrea Belotti for cover, but with no one securing a place in the starting XI we could see him shoot his way into a starting spot.

His technical skills have compared him to Carlos Tevez and the Italian legend Antonio Di Natale. Could he follow in their footsteps?

The manager: Roberto Mancini

Roberto Mancini seems like the right man for Italy

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Roberto Mancini seems like the right man for Italy

56-year-old Roberto Mancini seems like the perfect coach to bring the nation back to its glory.

The former Inter Milan and Manchester City coach has led the nation to an undefeated streak of 25, turning them into a cohesive unit that is competitive.

Mancini, who Premier League fans may remember for giving Man City their very first title, took over a struggling Italy in 2018 and hasn’t looked back.

With a well balanced squad with lots of depth, all eyes will be on the gaffer with the hope that they will be victorious.

While not a favorite, Mancini will enter the competition believing he will make it far.

The fittings

All games live on talkSPORT

June 11 – Italy vs. Turkey 20:00

June 16 – Italy vs. Switzerland 17:00

June 20 – Italy vs. Wales 8:00 p.m.

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