Wednesday August 15 2012
Diamanti: 'I'm Italy's granddad!'

Alessandro Diamanti praised Mattia Destro and the new Italy generation. “I’m a granddad compared to those who played today!”

The Bologna midfielder was one of the few previously capped players in the line-up as the Azzurri fell 2-1 to England in a Swiss friendly.

“Nobody can be satisfied when losing, but we had a good game and were unlucky on the second goal, as we were about to score and they got us on the counter-attack.

“I found my position straight away, in all honesty. If it were up to me would I play as trequartista? I’d happily play in goal!”

The average age of the Italy squad was under 25 and 12 of them were previously uncapped, while six made their senior debuts this evening.

“I’m a granddad compared to those who played today!” laughed the 29-year-old. “These are young lads who need to grow, but in my view they are ready to start this journey and have real talent.

“Destro makes a lot of movement and that helps the midfield to provide passes for him, but all the forwards did well today.”

“If Destro had seen me, then he’d have passed it in that chance. It doesn’t matter, he’ll pass it when it counts.”

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