The Inter Milan block in the Italy squad will probably be the largest when the team travels to Germany to defend their European crown.

Three years ago, the Azzurri weren’t the favorites in sports betting odds, but still went on to win Euro 2020. They eliminated the likes of Belgium and Spain en route towards the final in Wembley.

Roberto Mancini’s men then stunned the English crowds in attendance by clinching the trophy following dramatic penalty shootouts.

More World Cup Woes For Italy

But despite their European triumph, the Azzurri still fell short in the ensuing World Cup qualifiers. After missing out on Russia 2018, they also failed to qualify for the Qatar 2022.

Jorginho, one of the Euro 2020 heroes swiftly turned into a villain for his two penalty misses in Switzerland. Had he managed to convert one, Italy would have booked their spot in Doha.

Instead, they finished second in their group behind the Swiss, before suffering a humbling defeat against North Macedonia in the playoffs.

The Spalletti Era Begins

In the middle of the Euro 2024 campaign, the rapport between Mancini and FIGC president Gabriele Gravina deteriorated. This sparked the manager’s resignation.

Fresh from a historic campaign at Napoli, Luciano Spalletti made himself available to serve his country.

The former Inter, Roma and Zenit manager took charge of the Azzurri and successfully led them to Euro 2024.

Defending the Crown

Next month, Italy will be looking to defend their crown in Germany where they had previously won the 2006 World Cup.

In their quest for back-to-back European glory, the reigning champions will be heavily reliant on Inter Milan stars.

Italy & Inter Milan Block

The Nerazzurri dominated Serie A this season, winning the league by a landslide and with five rounds to spare.

Simone Inzaghi’s men cemented themselves as the best attack and best defense in the country by far.

Inter The Best In Serie A

Naturally, the Inter squad hosts a plethora of foreign pillars, and chief among them is club captain Lautaro Martinez. We can also mention the likes of Marcus Thuram, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Hakan Calhanoglu all contributing to the international flavor of Internazionale Milano.

Nevertheless, an Italian block has recently emerged, serving as the backbone of the club.

The Expected Call-Ups

According to FcInterNews, the Nerazzurri should have the largest host in Spalletti’s Euro 2024 squad.

The odds

The bookies identify Inter as the odds-on favorites (1.16) in this regard. Roma are in second place with 6.00 odds, boasting the likes of Bryan Cristante, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Leonardo Spinazzola.

Nevertheless, Inter could have up to six players among the Azzurri ranks. So let’s take a closer look at each candidate:

  • Nicolo Barella: The Inter vice-captain is the heart and soul of the Nerazzurri’s midfield. He played a key role for Italy in Euro 2020, and will be looking to do likewise once more.
  • Francesco Acerbi: While the recent debacle with Juan Jesus didn’t help his case, the 36-year-old remains a stalwart for the club at the back. We shall see if Spalletti is willing to welcome him back to the fold.
  • Alessandro Bastoni: The former Atalanta man will certainly earn call-up, at least if he avoids an untimely injury. The defender has now cemented himself as one of the best in the country, if not Europe.
  • Matteo Darmian: The versatile veteran can cover different positions and is able to play either with three or four at the back. This could be a crucial trait when Spalletti is trimming his options.
  • Davide Frattesi: The ultimate Nerazzurri super-sub often delivers the goods for Italy. He could be set for a similar role with the national team.
  • Federico Dimarco: The Inter childhood supporter will be heading towards his first major international tournament. He will be out there to prove he’s among the best left-backs in the world.

Italy In Euro 2024

Italy will begin their Euro 2024 campaign by taking on Albania on the 15th of June.

Five days later, they clash heads with their old nemesis Spain, before battling Croatia on June 24th in what will be their last group stage clash.