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Euro 2024: Nigerian Midfielder Makes Italy’s Final 26-Man Squad

Euro 2024: Nigerian Midfielder Makes Italy’s Final 26-Man Squad

Rome-born Nigerian midfielder Michael Folorunsho has been included in Italy’s final 26-man squad for the Euro 2024.

On Thursday, Italy coach Luciano Spalletti named his final squad for the tournament with Folorunsho making the final cut.

In March 2024, Folorunsho received his first call to play for Italy from the national Spalletti.

However, he remained on the bench during friendly games with Venezuela and Ecuador played in the United States.

Spalletti had originally called up 30 players for the Coverciano training camp last week with Folorunsho included.

But defenders Francesco Acerbi and Giorgio Scalvini suffered injuries.

Juventus man Federico Gatti was added to the group a couple of days ago and is in the final list going to Germany.

Lazio goalkeeper Ivan Provedel has been sent home, largely because he struggled with injury during the final months of the season.

Bologna winger Orsolini did not impress in the friendly 0-0 draw with Turkey and Torino midfielder Ricci was always an alternate.

However, there is a suggestion that Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret is not in the best shape either, so Provedel is still on pre-alert until the competition kicks off for Italy.

The Azzurri are in Group B along with Spain, Croatia and Albania as they defend their status as reigning Champions of Europe.


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WORDPRESS: 14
  • Onwajunior 2 weeks ago

    So Folorunsho and Eze gone!

    • Yes, Thanks to NFF, it’s time to focus on their NPFL stars or move to English Championship for weak players.
      Olise and Adarabioyo will follow those two soon.

  • pompei 2 weeks ago

    Gone baby gone.

  • Thats what happens when NFF priotise Pushing NPFL players into Super Eagles and not appointinga CHAN coach and taking CHAN Eagles seriously and using their focus some attention to Going and meeting these boys and try reminding them why they should be true to their roots. We still have a chance with Olise because Olympics is considered Under 23 not senior. Good Luck to him but Gasau and Co are really proving enemies of Progress. Adeyemi people are shouting for is ties to GErmany 4 or 5 caps. We have Noni Madueke Chukwuemeka some good players we can try and convince now.

    Let us make SE like France or Brazil. I mean even SA went back to lyle foster and left their PSL top league scorer at home which is to show you that SA wish they have what we have and we should appreciate it now while e still yakpa

    • Lol! Olise is gone, Adarabioyo will leave as soon as he makes his debut for Chelsea ( that’s someone that had once invited Eguavoen to Fulham to watch h play), the likes of Madueke, Chukwuemeka, Ugochukwu,  Edozie etc will wait till they are 27 before they
       come home. NFF prefer Tanimu etc to Jordan Torunarigha, 
      It’s like we’ve all forgotten about 7 home based slot.
      Balogun(Sunday Mba’s set)is still playing, Ekong was our best player in the last tournament, Aina, Osayi Samuel, Ebuehi all foreign born are our best right backs, Iwobi, Lookman, Ajayi etc have all suddenly become problems to our national team only players from NPFL can win World Cup for us now.

      • Dennis 1 week ago

        It’s like you have forgotten these guys already chose their slave masters ..Do you know the number of years we begged Lookman for before he finally accepted to play for us ?Eze has stated England as his preference severally .No be everything be NFF fault .Olise said no to Nigeria and Algeria , he was invited by Rohr but he turned it down Tosin said he’s still waiting on England

    • @Sean it is like you noticed that two but I have pointed out that Only really Lookman and BAssey were our big catches for Super Eagles okay Ekong too but can Ekong make England Squad well your Guess is as good as mine, Can Lookman make England Squad after what he did this season and in Euro’s Most definitely so you catch my drift.

      Tosin is a guy we could have got he was waiting. and I believe too Olise at some pointbut NFF will drag feet because they know to invite these big boys from England or France you really need to match the perks those countries offer them and that is really what it boils down too

      But they will rather settle for the Dual Nationals that only have one Option Nigeria lol. with respect to some of our Key servants like Iwobi, but if we are honest to ourself can Iwobi Break into this England squad well your guess is as good as mine looking at that current rooster, but Eze did and all he needed to be told is that we will give him more than what England will and he will be representing his roots and will be engraved in folk law if they lift the WC with Nigeria as the first African nation to do so. I mean that sells itself because them winning the World cup with Nigeria will be remembered more than winning it with England.

      Because if you look out there the talents we have now in Chelsea and so forth we can add them to current Super Eagles with Osimhen, Lookman, Boniface, BAssey and Ndidi Dem and win the World Cup with ease with a Herve Reynard but sill NFF pay him no.

      Look Nigeriais not tapping into her full potential becuase we are just too damn corrupt to give a damn and do so.

      • last Line second last Paragraph Typo* “but will NFF pay him(Reynard) No” *

        We Must not let anyone fool us to thinking Nigeria does not have the money to pay a good coach like Reynard and Lure some of the big Nigerian Dual nationals we most certainly do it is just going into the wrong, pockets.

  • I want to take positives from this news. Players of Nigerian origin would appear to have the widest distribution across various national teams of top footballing countries.

    This shows the potential of Nigeria as a footballing nation if we put our acts together administratively and points to the country likely being the first African nation to win the World Cup. It used to be originally Senegalese players in the French team. Now it’s Nigeria-born players everywhere.

    So when a new star breaks out in Europe, it’s not just Nigerians and NFF that are taking more. There’s one particular coach in Europe who automatically gets on the edge of his seat if he hears about a new player of Nigerian origin. Other coaches are now following in his footsteps. Hahahaha.

    No wahala. Ocean and fishes.

  • Diran 2 weeks ago

    i think the NFF should try and convince the following quality players with Nigerian heritage to switch and play for the Super Eagles:

    Dominic Solanke of Bournemouth (great striker and goal scorer);

    Noni Madueke of Chelsea (great winger and forqard);

    Curtis Jones of Liverpool (world class midfielder)

    Justin Njimmah of Werder Bremen (great forward and attacker)

    Tosin Adarabioyo of Chelsea(versatile defender).

    These players will strenghten the Nigeria Super Eagles if given a chance and make the team more competitive and truly world class.

    Thanks

    • Defenders, yes. But new midfielders and strikers? When we still have some “principalities and powers” that will always walk into the first team whether they only arrive 2 days to national team duties? E go hard. Some players who have been on holidays for weeks only walked into the SE camp 3 days ago and guess what? They’d start today’s match. How will new players break into that cartel then?

  • Mahmud Shuaib 1 week ago

    Who recalled me shouting this guy and others names here almost every EKE day? Now he’s gone for good. Shame on NFF ONIGBESE (apologies @POMPEI)

    We have the following if we move fast:
    1. Michael Kayode… Fiorentina RB
    2. SHAWN ADEWOYE…WAALWIRCK CB
    3. GABRIEL OSHO..LUTON CB
    4. ADARABIOYO… CHELSEA CB
    5. SOLANKE… BOURNEMOUTH CF
    6. ELIJAH ADEBAYO…LUTON CF
    7. MADUEKE… CHELSEA RW/LW
    8. UGOCHUKWU… CHELSEA DM
    9. CAIRNEY CHUKWUEMEKA.. CHELSEA CM
    10.

    • Shuaibu we can’t have all of them. Make we use the ones we get now well first. I hope finidi will not make us lose Elijah adebayo, Gabriel Osho, Nathan Tella.

    • pompei 1 week ago

      Please go ahead jare.
      NFF ONIGBESE PAP.
      PAP is short for PROFOUNDLY AGAINST PROGRESS (credit to Field Marshall John Bob).
      Awon olofo osi. Useless pipo.

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