With the final Italy 2023 Women’s World Cup squad having been announced by Milena Bertolini, we now know which 23 players are going to be tasked with taking the Azzurre as far as possible at this summer’s tournament in Australia and New Zealand.

There’s a lot of intrigue around the squad with some very young and fairly inexperienced faces lining up alongside some older heads who have been part of the Italy Women’s National Team for many years.

Regardless of whether it goes well or badly, there are a handful of Italy players that will be worth keeping an eye on at the World Cup. Some because they have shown how good they are throughout their careers, and others because it is the first chance to see what they can do at this kind of international level.

Italy players to watch at the Women’s World Cup

Barbara Bonansea – Juventus (32 years old)

Barbara Bonansea heads the ball for the Italy Women’s national team. [FIGC]

One of a handful who are highly established stars in the Italy team, Barbara Bonansea has been one of the Azzurre’s best strikers for a very long time. At 32 years old, it is not implausible that this could be her last major tournament if Bertolini continues to pitch towards youth in the future, so she will want to have a big one.

Bonansea is a clinical finisher who finds space in the box so well, but she is also good at dropping deeper to bring others into the play. She only got eight Serie A goals last season but she was used more heavily in the Women’s Champions League group stage for a chunk of the season.

Giada Greggi – AS Roma (23 years old)

Italy’s Giada Greggi in action for the Azzurre. (REUTERS/Alberto Lingria)

Giada Greggi finds herself in that unusual situation where she has not been to a major tournament with Italy before, but she is one of the key players now. Having been a vital part of AS Roma Women’s midfield during their first Scudetto-winning season in 2022/23, she is expected to start the tournament in a midfield three with Giallorosse teammate Manuela Giugliano and Juventus midfielder Arianna Caruso.

Greggi is an extremely busy and tidy midfielder who can dictate the tempo of a game in possession and be aggressive in her pressing without the ball. Her physicality is not her strong suit but she makes up for that with her technical attributes and ability to get out of tight situations. At just 23 years old, she can announce herself as a leading midfielder for Italy at the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

Giulia Dragoni – Barcelona (16 years old)

Giulia Dragoni in action for the Italy Women’s National Team. (@AzzurreFIGC)

The headline maker in this squad, Giulia Dragoni is the wild card. The 16-year-old (!) has been trusted by Bertolini to play a role despite being handed her senior debut against Morocco in what was the Azzurre‘s final warm-up game before heading to New Zealand, and having only amassed 92 minutes of senior club action. Those minutes came early in the 2022/23 season for Inter before she was sold to Barcelona Femeni.

She is the first non-Spanish female player to join the famed La Masia academy and she is frighteningly talented. She will presumably get at least some minutes at the World Cup, and it will be fascinating to see what she can do from the midfield.

Arianna Caruso – Juventus (23 years old)

Arianna Caruso in action for the Italy Women’s National Team. (@AzzurreFIGC)

Arianna Caruso comes into this tournament with something of a point to prove. Having cemented herself as an important player for Juventus at a very young age, she had a slightly underwhelming season in 2022/23 by her own high standards.

That aside, the 23-year-old Roman is expected to start in midfield and she will be very keen to remind people of her talents. Strong and fast, Caruso is an all-action midfielder with superb technical ability and a real nose for sniffing out chances. It says a lot that her season was slightly underwhelming but she still got five goals and 10 assists from midfield.

Chiara Beccari – Juventus (18 years old)

Azzurre forward Chiara Beccari in action for the Italy Women’s National Team. (Photo: Getty)

Another youngster that Bertolini has put faith in, the situation for Chiara Beccari is slightly different to Dragoni as the 18-year-old was crucial all season for Como Women whilst on loan from Juventus.

While suffering from injury problems and missing a considerable chunk of the campaign, Beccari got five goals and two assists in a team fighting against relegation all season long but her influence was far greater than just numbers. She could really surprise some teams when brought off of the bench late on and will look to give defenders a nightmare with her tireless running.