Euro 2016's Top 50 Players: Number 35 Giorgio Chiellini

Juventus' Giorgio Chiellini celebrates at the end after reaching the UEFA Champions League Final

The Juventus defender has returned to fitness in the nick of time.

Giorgio Chiellini - Italy - Will face Belgium, Sweden and Republic of Ireland

HITC Sport writers have compiled a list of the top 50 players at Euro 2016, assessing players from across the 24 countries taking part at this summer's tournament.

Coming in at number 34 is Italy and Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini.

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Juventus' Giorgio Chiellini celebrates with the trophy after winning the Italian Cup FinalJuventus' Giorgio Chiellini celebrates with the trophy after winning the Italian Cup Final

International record: 82 Caps, 6 Goals

2015/16: Individually, it's been a stop-start campaign for Chiellini at Juventus. Despite this, he has still managed to feature in 33 matches en route to Serie A and Coppa Italia success.

A string of injuries restricted the 31-year-old to just three appearances between the end of January and the beginning of May, leaving his Euros place under threat.

However, he returned to start the Bianconeri's final league game of the season, along with the cup final win against AC Milan and should re-assume his place at the heart of the Azzurri defence.

Any chance we'll see him in the Premier League? Probably not, no.

Chiellini's been in Turin for eleven years now, winning all but a Champions League in that time. In his own words: "The Premier League is fascinating, but I'm fine where I am."

We could, however, see him head across the pond, following compatriots Andrea Pirlo and Sebastian Giovinco to Major League Soccer.

"If I had to have an experience abroad I would prefer to go to a completely different part of the world, perhaps the United States," he said in 2015.

Juventus' Giorgio Chiellini celebrates at the end after reaching the UEFA Champions League FinalJuventus' Giorgio Chiellini celebrates at the end after reaching the UEFA Champions League Final

What can we expect? Antonio Conte's squad is practically unrecongisable from the one, managed by predecessor Cesare Prandelli, that was knocked out of the 2014 World Cup at the group stage.

That's probably not a bad thing.

But in what will be a vastly inexperienced 23 when formally announced this week, the experience of those who remain, Gianluigi Buffon, Leonardo Bonucci, Daniele de Rossi and Chiellini, will be paramount to any success.

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