The Italy Women’s National Team are facing two huge tests in their October international window, with Spain and Sweden ready to take on the Azzurre for what is Andrea Soncin‘s second set of fixtures in charge, again in the UEFA Women’s Nations League, following the September games.

The Azzurre beat Switzerland as Soncin debuted on the bench before showing real spirit in a narrow loss to Sweden, but the October games will no doubt provide a more stern test of Soncin‘s side and his tactics. Spain will be in action at Salerno’s Stadio Arechi as world champions before world no.1 ranked side Sweden await in Malmo four days later.

Italy host Spain in Campania on Friday, October 27, and they then travel north to take on Sweden on Tuesday, October 31.

Italy National Women’s Team squad: October 2023 Nations League fixtures

Arianna Caruso celebrates her World Cup goal for Italy Women. [@AzzurreFIGC]

New coach Andrea Soncin has named a 28-player squad for the UEFA Women’s Nations League fixtures, which will be played on October 27 and 31.

Chiara Beccari is out of the squad having been involved at the World Cup and last month, though fellow European Golden Girl nominee and Barcelona midfielder Giulia Dragoni is again included. Beccari has missed out recently for Sassuolo through injury.

The most noteworthy novelty in the group is the inclusion of Inter forward Michela Cambiaghi, who is enjoying the best form of her career with the Nerazzurre having struggled and suffered relegation with Parma last season. Roma‘s Martina Tomaselli is also a new name on the list.

The full Azzurre squad is as follows:

Goalkeepers

Roberta Aprile (Juventus), Rachele Baldi (Fiorentina), 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), Michela Catena (Fiorentina)*, Giulia Dragoni (Barcelona), Aurora Galli (Everton), Manuela Giugliano (AS Roma), Giada Greggi (AS Roma), Martina Tomaselli (AS Roma).

Forwards

Barabara Bonansea (Juventus), Agnese Bonfantini (Inter), Michela Cambiaghi (Inter), Sofia Cantore (Juventus)*, Valentina Giacinti (Roma), Cristiana Girelli (Juventus), Benedetta Glionna (Roma), Annamaria Serturini (Roma)*.

*Gloria Marinelli (AC Milan) was called up to replace Annamaria Serturini after the latter withdrew due to an injury.
*Sofia Cantore and Michela Catena both had to withdraw from the squad on October 25 through injury.

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