Coach: Antonio Conte
Colours: Blue shirts, white shorts, blue socks
v Belgium (13 June, Lyon)
v Sweden (17 June, Toulouse)
v Republic of Ireland (22 June, Lille)
Runners up (2000, 2012)
Semi finalists (1980 (4th place), 1988)
Quarter finalists (2008)
Group stage (1996, 2004)
The Azzurri are better known for their success in World Cups, having won the tournament four times. However, they do have a history of success in the European Championship, winning the competition in 1968 and reaching the final twice since the turn of the century. They were beaten finalists four years ago as they lost in humiliating fashion, falling victim of a 4-0 defeat against Spain. Head coach Antonio Conte takes over as Chelsea boss after this summer’s Euros and will want to depart on a high, something the fans will be hoping to see.
How They Got There
The Italians topped Group H in qualifying without losing a game, finishing with seven victories and three draws. They were typically resolute, and despite only scoring 16 goals, they had a goal difference of 9 after conceding just 7 in the ten matches. They pipped Croatia to top spot and will hope to take inspiration from their qualifying campaign.
v Croatia: 1-1 (h), 1-1 (a)
v Norway: 2-1 (h), 2-0 (a)
v Bulgaria: 1-0 (h), 2-2 (a)
v Azerbaijan: 2-1 (h), 3-1 (a)
v Malta: 1-0 (h), 1-0 (h)
Conte has opted not to include the likes of Andrea Pirlo and Mario Balotelli in his squad for the tournament in France, but the Italians will still be looking to call upon some of their more experienced heads this summer. Italy are generally solid defensively, and much of their success has been based on that fact, so they will hope the likes of Giorgio Chiellini and his fellow Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci can keep things tight. Captain and record cap holder Gianluigi Buffon may be playing in his last major tournament for his country and will be hoping to get the nod in goal.
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Federico Marchetti (Lazio), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint-Germain)
Defenders: Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Manchester United), Mattia De Sciglio (AC Milan), Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham)
Midfielders: Federico Bernardeschi (Fiorentina), Antonio Candreva (Lazio), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Stephan El Shaarawy (Roma), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Emanuele Giaccherini (Bologna), Marco Parolo (Lazio), Stefano Sturaro (Juventus), Thiago Motta (Paris Saint-Germain)
Forwards: Eder (Inter), Ciro Immobile (Borussia Dortmund), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Graziano Pelle (Southampton), Simone Zaza (Juventus)