The Italian national team will officially name its roster for Euro 2016 on May 23. But today, Italian coach Antonio Conte called 28 players into training camp. Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco was not on the training camp roster, and neither was New York City FC midfielder Andrea Pirlo.
This does not, however, mean that Giovinco has not made the Italian roster for the tournament. Conte is set to name his 30-man preliminary roster for Euro 2016 in a weeks time. There is still a chance that the atomic ant could be included in that team.
Even if he has made the team, him missing this initial Italian training camp is not surprising. Toronto FC still has several crucial games coming up this week, including a battle with Pirlo and NYCFC on Wednesday. They also face off against their rivals, the Columbus Crew on Saturday.
More concerning, however, is the fact that several outlets out of Italy have reported that Giovinco will not be part of the Italian team this summer. While the atomic ant missing the Euro tournament would be good news for a Toronto FC side that remain far too dependent on him for offence, it would be unfortunate for Giovinco, who really deserves to be on the team.
After winning a trio of awards last season, including the MLS MVP award and Golden Boot, Giovinco has had an outstanding start to this season as well. The Italian once again leads the league with eight goals and has five assists as well. All of this in just 10 games played so far this season.
Italy opens their tournament on June 13 when they play Belgium in Lyon. They are in a tough Group E that also includes Sweden and the Republic of Ireland. Italy is coming off of a Euro 2012 tournament in which they reached the final, before losing to Spain.
Here is the full roster for the Italian training camp:
Goalkeepers: Federico Marchetti (Lazio), Antonio Mirante (Bologna), Marco Sportiello (Atalanta)
Defenders: Francesco Acerbi (Sassuolo), Davide Astori (Fiorentina), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Armando Izzo (Genoa), Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham), Lorenzo Tonelli (Empoli)
Midfielders: Marco Benassi (Torino), Federico Bernardeschi (Fiorentina), Antonio Candreva (Lazio), Danilo Cataldi (Lazio), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Lorenzo De Silvestri (Sampdoria), Stephan El Shaarawy (Roma), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Emanuele Giaccherini (Bologna), Jorginho (Napoli), Marco Parolo (Lazio), Roberto Soriano (Sampdoria), Davide Zappacosta (Torino)
Forwards: Fabio Borini (Sunderland), Eder (Inter), Ciro Immobile (Torino), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Leonardo Pavoletti (Genoa), Graziano Pellè (Southampton)