The Italian national team is in the middle of one of those sticky generational shifts where the best youngsters aren't quite ready and the best of the veterans aren't quite done.
Nowhere is that more apparent than in the midfield. The likes of Daniele De Rossi and Andrea Pirlo are in the last phases of their international careers but younger players like Claudio Marchisio and Marco Verratti are only just fully coming into their own.
Beyond those names, there are other midfielders that can, between now and the European Championships in France, worm their way into the national team setup. Much will be dependent on who the new coach turns out to be and what his tactics are, but Italy's pipeline has some players who will be able to contribute.
Before we begin, note that a prerequisite of being on this list was being absent from the 23-man roster for the World Cup in Brazil.
That being said, let's take a look at five men who could make an impact for the Azzurri between now and France.