Saturday June 22 2019
Report: Kean and Zaniolo punished

There are reports Moise Kean and Nicolò Zaniolo have been excluded from the Italy U21 squad for tardiness ahead of the crunch match with Belgium.

The final group game kicks off tonight at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT) at the Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia.

According to Il Romanista and, both Roma midfielder Zaniolo (who was suspended tonight anyway) and Juventus striker Kean (who was expected to start) have been punished by Coach Gigi Di Biagio.

They turned up late to a team meeting when preparing tonight’s game and were excluded as punishment.

It’s not clear if Kean or Zaniolo would be welcomed back into the fold if Italy continue to the semi-finals, but it is certainly a huge blow just hours before a crucial match.

Kean and Zaniolo share a room in the Azzurrini training camp and the Juve teen regularly posts Instagram updates of their antics, singing and dancing.

There was also one this afternoon, which was promptly removed after the story broke of his punishment.

Ironically, it was of Kean dancing to a song with the lyrics: "Tell me where and when, I won't be late tonight."

It means a change of line-up tonight, as Kean was due to start in a trident attack with Patrick Cutrone and Federico Chiesa.


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