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Spain national football team
European Championship | Group Stage
Jun 20, 2024 at 8pm UK
Italy national football team

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Calafiori (55' og.)
Rodri (45+1'), Le Normand (69'), Carvajal (90+6')
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Donnarumma (15'), Cristante (46')

How Spain could line up against Italy

How Spain could line up against Italy
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Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at how Spain could line up for Thursday's Euro 2024 clash with Italy.

Spain seek a place in Euro 2024's knockout stages when they meet Italy on Thursday, as they aim to build on beating Croatia in their Group B opener.

Alvaro Morata, Fabian Ruiz and Dani Carvajal were on the scoresheet in Berlin, and all three should start again as La Roja tackle one of their potential title rivals in Gelsenkirchen.

Both Morata - who is now Spain's second-top scorer in major tournaments - and Manchester City midfielder Rodri picked up minor knocks at the weekend, but having since resumed training, they are set to play prominent roles in Luis de la Fuente's starting XI.

While Rodri's former City teammate Aymeric Laporte is now fit and available following an injury that ruled him out of the opening game, Nacho and Robin Le Normand are expected to pair up in central defence.

Previous reports suggested that De la Fuente had planned to rotate his full-backs throughout the tournament, but Carvajal and Chelsea's Marc Cucurella could have made themselves undroppable after showing up well against Croatia.

Therefore, veteran right-back Jesus Navas and recent Bundesliga-winner Alex Grimaldo must make do with a place on the bench, alongside strong attacking options such as Dani Olmo and Mikel Oyarzabal.

Spearheading an otherwise youthful front three - also featuring Nico Williams and Barcelona teenager Lamine Yamal - Morata will captain his national team once again.

Spain possible starting lineup: Simon; Carvajal, Le Normand, Nacho, Cucurella; Pedri, Rodri, Ruiz; Yamal, Morata, Williams

> Click here to see how Italy could line up for this Group B contest

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Group A

Q Germany Germany32107
Q Switzerland Switzerland31205
3 Hungary Hungary31023
4 Scotland flag Scotland30121

Group B

Q Spain Spain33009
Q Italy Italy31114
3 Croatia Croatia30212
4 Albania national flag Albania30121

Group C

Q England flag England31205
Q Denmark Denmark30303
Q Slovenia Slovenia30303
4 Serbia Serbia30212

Group D

Q Austria Austria32016
Q France France31205
Q Netherlands Netherlands31114
4 Poland Poland30121

Group E

Q Romania Romania31114
Q Belgium Belgium31114
Q Slovakia Slovakia31114
4 Ukraine Ukraine31114

Group F

Q Portugal Portugal32016
Q Turkey Turkey32016
Q Georgia Georgia31114
4 Czech Republic Czech Republic30121

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