Roberto Mancini was saying for months that 26 members of the group are starters. And after beating Wales 1-0 on Sunday despite producing eight changes to his starting lineup in the European Championship, it is difficult to argue with him.
"It is essential that the individuality of the group stays the same, as shifting three or four gamers should not make any difference. All of them know what to do and also the end product does not alter," Mancini said.
"They proved now that everybody here's a first-choice participant," the trainer added. "Winning was not even mandatory, which made it hard concerning mindset, but we fought to the triumph anyhow and that reveals a lot."
Wales defender Ethan Ampadu was shipped off using a suspicious right red card for stepping Federico Bernardeschi 10 minutes into the second half.
Italy, which won its opening two games 3-0, ended Group A with a perfect eight points. Wales came with four points and qualified for its past 16 at just its next European Championship. The Welsh reached the semifinals in Euro 2016.
"Our focus now was provided that we qualify we are joyful," Wales defender Neco Williams stated. "In the living area it seems like we won the match."
Switzerland ended up in the category, too with four factors, after defeating Turkey 3-1 at Baku, Azerbaijan.