Darmian in preliminary Italy squad as Sunderland star misses cut

Matteo Darmian: Named in 30-man squad

Italy coach Antonio Conte has named his 30-man preliminary squad for Euro 2016, with Premier League duo Matteo Darmian and Graziano Pelle included.

But Conte – who will take over at Chelsea after the tournament concludes – could not find space in his squad for Sunderland forward Fabio Borini, who had recently featured for the Azzurri. Experienced midfielders Sebastian Giovinco and Andrea Pirlo also miss out.

Italy will name a 23-man squad for the tournament, so seven will still be cut from the initial list.

The Azzurri stars will have the chance to prove their worth ahead of the tournament in France, with friendlies against Scotland and Finland.

MLS players Pirlo and Giovinco have not been included in the squad, with Domenico Berardi of Sassuolo and Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli also left-out.

Juventus youngster Daniele Rugani is included in defence, while Torino’s Marco Benassi is among the midfielders.

Preliminary Italy squad for Euro 2016:

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Federico Marchetti (Lazio), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint-Germain)

Defenders: Davide Astori (Fiorentina), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham), Daniele Rugani (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Manchester United), Mattia De Sciglio (Milan), Davide Zappacosta (Torino)

Midfielders: Marco Benassi (Torino), Giacomo Bonaventura (Milan), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Emanuele Giaccherini (Bologna), Jorginho (Napoli), Riccardo Montolivo (Milan), Thiago Motta (Paris Saint-Germain), Marco Parolo (Lazio), Stefano Sturaro (Juventus), Antonio Candreva (Lazio)

Forwards: Eder (Inter), Ciro Immobile (Torino), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Graziano Pellè (Southampton), Simone Zaza (Juventus), Federico Bernardeschi (Fiorentina), Stephan El Shaarawy (Roma)