Juventus Defender Bonucci Defends Mancini’s Decision Not to Include Kean in Italy’s Euro 2020 Squad List

Paris Saint-Germain forward Moise Kean was among the Italian national team’s final Euro 2020 squad cuts.

Kean was presumed by many to be a lock to feature for Italy in the Euros. However, Italy manager Roberto Mancini decided otherwise, as he instead opted to only include two center forwards in Italy’s final Euro roster.

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci was not relatively surprised to see Kean excluded from Italy’s final Euro 2020 squad list.

During a recent press conference, Bonucci defended (via CalcioMercato) Mancini’s decision on this matter.

“These are the coach’s choices,” Bonucci said. “Here there has never been anyone out of the chorus. Everyone has behaved brilliantly.

“I think it was a technical choice. No one in this group has ever disrespected rules and people. Perhaps for the first time, there hasn’t been anyone who has gone over the top.

“I have known Kean for several years, he alternates moments when he seems to be the best in the world with moments when he lives in his own world, but otherwise, during the Sardinian training camp, he was ready to put himself on the line.”

Kean did have a fair share of inconsistencies with PSG over the second half of the recent season, which saw him fall out of favor with manager Mauricio Pochettino for a short period of time.

Still, one could certainly make the case that Kean would have provided Lazio’s Ciro Immobile and Torino’s Andrea Belotti with some fierce competition to be Italy’s starting center forward for the Euros.

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