A late bloomer at international level, the diminutive Giaccherini made it into this Italy squad despite failing to make an appearance in the Italian national team prior to their Euro 2012 squad being confirmed by coach Cesare Prandelli.
Some fine performances with Juventus this season saw his claims for an international call-up promoted in the weeks before Prandelli made his selection and he clearly agreed with those championing the Giaccherini cause.
“He may lack experience at international level, but comes into the squad as a player with a good knowledge of the game,” says Prandelli of this ex-Cesena attacking star. “Juventus played some good football this season and Giaccherini adapted well to the role asked of him. He can be useful for the team this summer.”