Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli hailed Milan hitman Stephan El Shaarawy as “a modern striker who cannot be compared to those of the past.”
The 20-year-old is the current Capocannoniere in Serie A with 10 goals and has already broken into the Azzurri side.
“He is a modern striker who therefore cannot be compared to those of the past,” Prandelli told the Corriere della Sera newspaper.
“Forwards used to play in a different way and did not come back to help out in defence, unlike what happens now.
“El Shaarawy has great qualities, including physical in terms of his pace and stamina. He is also a generous guy and this has allowed him to win over the fans.”
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