Thursday October 10 2019
U21 line-ups: Rep Ireland v Italy

Italy have benched Patrick Cutrone and Moise Kean for their Under-21 European Championship qualifier with the Republic of Ireland.

It kicks off in Dublin at 20.05 UK time and is the Azzurrini’s second game in this qualifying group, whereas Ireland have already won all three of their fixtures.

Coach Paolo Nicolato had been expected to start Wolves striker Cutrone and Everton forward Kean, but instead he has opted for a trident attack of Davide Frattesi, Andrea Pinamonti and Gianluca Scamacca.

Sandro Tonali pulls the midfield strings with Manuel Locatelli, while Luca Pellegrini is at left-back.

The Republic of Ireland beat Luxembourg 3-0, Armenia 1-0 and earned a 3-1 victory away to Sweden.

It’s important to keep an eye on Troy Parrott, the 17-year-old striker lighting up Tottenham Hotspur’s youth team.

Republic of Ireland U21: Kelleher; Masterson, O’Shea, Scales; L O’Connor, Ronan, Coventry, Molumby, Elbouzedi; Parrott, Idah

Ireland bench: Bazunu, Ledwidge, Knight, Mandroiu, Collins, Taylor, Kilkenny, Power, Obafemi

Italy U21: Carnesecchi; Del Prato, Bastoni, Marchizza; Locatelli, Tonali, Carraro; Frattesi, Pinamonti, Scamacca

Italy bench: Plizzari, Adjapong, Cutrone, Ranieri, Zanellato, Maggiore, Sala, Kean, Sottil

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