On The Ball: Italy may turn to Palmieri to fill Spinazzola-sized hole

Italy's Leonardo Spinazzola tore his Achilles tendon in the 2-1 win over Belgium and will miss the rest of Euro 2020.PHOTO: AFP

The last time Italy secured silverware it was because of a left-back who had been overshadowed by bigger names in the build-up to the tournament.

Fabio Grosso scored the decisive penalty in the 2006 World Cup final shootout. Now Leonardo Spinazzola looked to be a new catalyst catapulted to celebrity.

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