Sunderland midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini earns Italy recall

Emanuele Giaccherini (right)
Emanuele Giaccherini (right)
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Emanuele Giaccherini has been recalled to the Italy squad for next week’s Euro 2016 qualifier in Croatia.

Sunderland midfielder Giaccherini only returned to first-team action on the final day of the campaign at Chelsea after three months on the sidelines due to ankle surgery.

The 30-year-old was limited to just eight Premier League appearances for Sunderland last season after a campaign constantly disrupted by injury.

But Giaccherini remains in the international picture under his former Juventus boss Antonio Conte, and has been included in the squad for the trip to Croatia on Friday, June 12, together with the friendly against Portugal on Tuesday, June 16.

Giaccherini is one of six Sunderland player representing their countries this summer - two of which are already in action with Duncan Watmore and Jordan Pickford currently with the England Under-20 squad at the Toulon tournament.

Steven Fletcher is in the Scotland squad to face Qatar in a friendly this Friday night, before Gordon Strachan’s men face a crunch Euro 2016 qualifier against the Republic of Ireland on Saturday June 13.

Fletcher will come up against Sunderland skipper John O’Shea for that clash in Dublin, with both Ireland and Scotland both still hopeful of emerging from their qualification group.

Seb Larsson - who became Sunderland’s most-capped international in March - is in the Sweden squad for the friendly against Norway on Monday, June 8, followed by a qualifier against Montenegro on Sunday June 14.

Meanwhile, ex-Sunderland loanee Sebastian Coates faces the most high-stakes summer after being named by Uruguay in their Copa America squad.