Confirmed: Italy’s 23-player Women’s World Cup squad announced

Italy coach Milena Bertolini has named her 23-player squad to travel to New Zealand for the 2023 Women's World Cup. The selection hasn't come without controversy around some omissions and inclusions.

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The 2023 Women’s World Cup is fast approaching and, just 18 days before the tournament kicks off in Australia and New Zealand, Italy Women’s National Team coach Milena Bertolini has confirmed the 23-player squad that she will take to the tournament.

Having named an initial 32-player Azzurre squad for the pre-tournament training camp and final warm-up friendly against Morocco, Bertolini’s decisions as she chopped that selection to just 23 were always likely to cause controversy, but the exclusions of AC Milan pair Valentina Bergamaschi and Martina Piemonte have come as a surprise, particularly the omission of the forward, having handed her a start in the draw with Morocco in Ferrara.

Surprise decisions: No Piemonte, 16-year-old Dragoni included

Azzurre pair Chiara Beccari and Martina Piemtone in action for the Italy Women’s National Team. (Photo: Getty)

There are some novel inclusions in the Azzurre squad. Barcelona Femeni midfielder Giulia Dragoni will travel to New Zealand despite her complete inexperience at first-team level and at just 16 years of age, while 19-year-old Fiorentina midfielder Emma Severini has also made the 23. Both were handed Italy debuts in the aforementioned draw with Morocco on July 1.

In attack, Juventus youngster Chiara Beccari has earned a place in the 23, having shone on loan with Como Women in the 2022/23 Serie A Femminile season. Her Como teammate Matilde Pavan – on loan from Inter – likely would have made the squad as well had she not suffered an injury to her anterior cruciate ligament at the end of the season.

Italy 2023 Women’s World Cup squad

Emma Severini in action for the Italy Women’s National Team. (@AzzurreFIGC)

Goalkeepers

Rachele Baldi (Fiorentina), Francesca Durante (Inter), Laura Giuliani (AC Milan).

Defenders

Elisa Bartoli (AS Roma), Lisa Boattin (Juventus), Lucia Di Guglielmo (AS Roma), Maria Luisa Filangeri* (Sassuolo), Martina Lenzini (Juventus), Elena Linari (AS Roma), Beatrice Merlo* (Inter), Benedetta Orsi (Sassuolo), Cecilia Salvai (Juventus).

Midfielders

Arianna Caruso (Juventus), Valentina Cernoia (Juventus), Giulia Dragoni (Barcelona), Manuela Giugliano (AS Roma), Giada Greggi (AS Roma), Emma Severini (Fiorentina).

Forwards

Chiara Beccari (Juventus), Barbara Bonansea (Juventus), Sofia Cantore (Juventus), Cristiana Girelli (Juventus), Valentina Giacinti (AS Roma), Benedetta Glionna (AS Roma), Annamaria Serturini (AS Roma).

*Filangeri and Merlo will join the squad for the preparation period in New Zealand, but will not be in the final 23.

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