Italy Women’s National Team: Azzurre squad for December Nations League fixtures vs Spain and Switzerland

With a trip to face world champions Spain before hosting Switzerland in Parma days later, here is the full Italy Women's National Team squad called up by coach Andrea Soncin for the December Nations League fixtures. .

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The UEFA Women’s Nations League returns this winter as the women’s football season reaches its third international window of the campaign so far, and it will see the group stages come to an end. The Italy Women’s National Team are in action against world champions Spain and Switzerland, on December 1 and 5.

The Azzurre have looked a better side since Andrea Soncin‘s appointment as Milena Bertolini‘s replacement after a disastrous 2023 Women’s World Cup campaign, and they managed a draw against Sweden, the world’s highest-ranked side, last time out just days after a spirited 1-0 loss to Spain. This time, Soncin will take his players away to Spain before returning to the Stadio Ennio Tardini in Parma to host neighbours Switzerland.

Arianna Caruso celebrates scoring for the Italy Women’s National Team with Sofia Cantore and others. (@AzzurreFIGC)

UEFA Women’s Nations League: What group are Italy in?

Italy were put into an extremely challenging Women’s Nations League group, being drawn in Group A4 of League A.

Alongside the Azzurre are Sweden, Switzerland recently-crowned world champions Spain.

The campaign began with a 1-0 win away at Switzerland, with the Azzurre then narrowly losing to world rankings leaders Sweden. The October window saw another 1-0 loss to Spain before a 1-1 draw with Sweden, with Juventus defender Linda Sembrant scoring a 96th-minute equaliser to deny Italy a memorable win.

Now, on December 1, Italy take on Spain before hosting Switzerland on December 5.

Italy Women’s Michela Cambiaghi on the ball. [@AzzurreFIGC]

Italy squad for December 2023 Women’s Nations League fixtures

New coach Andrea Soncin has named a 28-player squad for the UEFA Nations League games against Spain and Switzerland, which will be played on December 1 and 5.

The absences of high-profile players like Barbara Bonansea, Cristiana Girelli and Martina Rosucci are notable, though all three have fallen victim to Juventus Women‘s recent injury crisis. Martina Piemonte and Michela Catena are the players to capitalise, coming into the setup as a result.

The full Azzurre squad is as follows:

Goalkeepers

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

Defenders

Elisa Bartoli (AS Roma)*, Valentina Bergamaschi (AC Milan), Lisa Boattin (Juventus) Lucia Di Guglielmo (AS Roma), Sara Gama (Juventus), Martina Lenzini (Juventus), Elena Linari (AS Roma), Cecilia Salvai (Juventus), Alice Tortelli (Fiorentina).

Midfielders

Arianna Caruso (Juventus), Giulia Dragoni (Barcelona), Aurora Galli (Everton), Manuela Giugliano (AS Roma), Giada Greggi (AS Roma), Emma Severini (Fiorentina).

Forwards

Chiara Beccari (Sassuolo), Agnese Bonfantini (Inter), Michela Cambiaghi (Inter) Sofia Cantore (Juventus), Michela Catena (Fiorentina) Valentina Giacinti (Roma), Benedetta Glionna (Roma), Martina Piemonte (AC Milan), Annamaria Serturini (Roma).

*Roberta Aprile (Juventus) and Benedetta Orsi (Sassuolo) were called up as replacements for Durante and Bartoli.

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