Saturday March 23 2019
Quagliarella can make Italy history

Fabio Quagliarella could end his Italy exile 3,048 days after his last appearance and become the oldest ever player to score for the Azzurri.

The Euro 2020 qualifying campaign kicks off this evening at 19.45 GMT against Finland.

Coach Roberto Mancini called in current Serie A Capocannoniere Quagliarella, although he is expected to be on the bench with Ciro Immobile starting.

If he does make a cameo, it’ll be the Sampdoria forward’s first cap since November 17, 2010 against Romania.

That would be a gap of 3,048 days between Azzurri appearances.

There is another remarkable statistic that Quagliagol could achieve, which would be to become the oldest ever scorer for Italy at the age of 36 years and 51 days.

The current record-holder is Christian Panucci, aged 35 years and 62 days in June 2008.

He does have a relatively decent tally of six goals in 26 senior caps and contributed to the scoreline in each of his last two Nazionale games.

Quagliarella scored in the 5-0 victory over the Faroe Islands on September 7, 2010 and then saw his header deflected in off Ciprian Marica in the 1-1 friendly with Romania on November 17, 2010.

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