Andrea Soncin will begin his tenure in charge of the Italy Women’s National Team with two UEFA Women’s Nations League fixtures in September, with the Azzurre taking on both Switzerland and Sweden. First up for the Azzurre is a short trip to face Switzerland on September 22, before hosting Sweden in Castel di Sangro.

Italy will be desperate to put yet another disappointing international tournament behind them in their September fixtures, but will face stiff opposition in neighbours Switzerland and the Women’s World Cup semi-finalists, Sweden. Curiously, Sweden, who beat Italy 5-0 in the summer, still sit top of the most recent FIFA Women’s World Rankings, published after the World Cup. Italy fell a place to 17th.

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

Italy Women’s National Team forward Sofia Cantore reacts after a loss at the Women’s World Cup. (@Azzurri_en)

Italy have been handed a challenging Women’s Nations League group, being drawn in Group A4 of League A.

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

Italy will face Spain in October, as well as a second game against Sweden. The Group will finish in December with the Azzurre facing Spain again and then Switzerland.

Italy National Women’s Team squad for September 2023 Nations League fixtures

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

New coach Andrea Soncin has named a 29-player squad for the UEFA Nations League games, which will be played on September 22 and 26.

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), Lucia Di Guglielmo (AS Roma), Maria Luisa Filangeri (Sassuolo), Sara Gama (Juventus), Martina Lenzini (Juventus), Elena Linari (AS Roma), Benedetta Orsi (Sassuolo), Beatrice Merlo (Inter), Alice Tortelli (Fiorentina).

Midfielders

Arianna Caruso (Juventus), Valentina Cernoia (AC Milan), Giulia Dragoni (Barcelona), Aurora Galli (Everton), Manuela Giugliano (AS Roma), Giada Greggi (AS Roma).

Forwards

Chiara Beccari (Sassuolo), Barabara Bonansea (Juventus), Agnese Bonfantini (Inter), Sofia Cantore (Juventus), Valentina Giacinti (Roma), Cristiana Girelli (Juventus), Benedetta Glionna (Roma), Martina Piemonte (AC Milan), Annamaria Serturini (Roma).