Wednesday May 22 2013
Mangia explains Perin snub

Italy Under-21 boss Devis Mangia has explained why Mattia Perin is not part of his squad for the European Championship.

The Genoa-owned goalkeeper, who has spent this season on loan at Pescara, is rated as a potential star of the future.

However, the former Palermo tactician has opted to ignore the custodian for the Finals which will be played in Israel.

“I’ve left Perin at home and Mattia knows the reason why,” Mangia told the Corriere dello Sport.

“Seeing as I have chosen Francesco Bardi as my first choice, I didn’t want to create a dualism between the two of them.”

Bardi, owned by Inter, has enjoyed a notable campaign in Serie B with Novara. Modena’s Simone Colombi, owned by Atalanta, and Lanciano’s Juventus-owned Nicola Leali have also been picked.

Italy will play England, Norway and Israel in the group stages of a tournament which will begin on June 5.

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