Wednesday November 20 2019
Kean: 'Did talking on the pitch'

Everton striker Moise Kean believes he has “responded on the pitch" to critics after scoring twice for Italy Under-21s against Armenia on Tuesday.

The former Juventus youngster vented on social media last weekend, in response to recent criticism of his performances, which have yielded no goals in four Everton appearances and speculation about a return to Serie A.

However, he scored twice in a 6-0 victory over Armenia, playing the full 90 minutes as Italy continued their fight to win Group 1 and automatically qualify for the European Under-21 Championship in 2021.

“I responded on the pitch, there’s no other way,” he said after the final whistle. “We have proven to be superior, playing some excellent football.”

The 19-year-old received praise from CT Paolo Nicolato, having immediately bounced back from being dropped by the senior squad in September for tardiness.

Now he harbours hopes of getting back in Roberto Mancini’s good books ahead of Euro 2020 next summer.

“The compliments from the coach make me happy. He’s a coach who works a lot. We are a great team and we have to work to get through this group.

“Obviously, I hope to get there [back in the Italy squad], that’s everyone’s dream. I want to dedicate this brace to my family, who have always supported me.”

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