Friday June 10 2016
Insigne: 'Proud to wear Azzurro'

Lorenzo Insigne says he is 'happy and proud' to be called up for Italy and looks forward to 'a great Euro'.

The Napoli striker is expected to be the creative outlet in the Azzurri's attack, even though he may not start in the first game against Belgium.

“We all can't wait to get onto the pitch, we're working hard to have a great Euro,” he told the Press. “Whoever plays will give his utmost to conquer some great results.

“I was proud and happy to be called up. It's a good thing I'm here, and now I'm going to give it my all.

“Compared to Brazil this is a different training camp. Every Coach has his own way of working. In Brazil we worked a lot on getting used to the environment, while here we're doing more on tactics and working as a group. Conte wants us to be compact and clear-minded.

“I'm finding no problem in adapting to the role of supporting striker. At the level we're at, I don't think anyone should have an issue about covering different positions. I want to lend a hand to my teammates and what matters isn't the role but the effort.”

The 25-year-old was then asked for his thoughts on Monday night's rival, Belgium.

“Belgium are a great team with many champions. There are players like [Eden] Hazard and [Kevin] De Bruyne. I'm in good terms with [Dries] Mertens, although we're rivals for our spot. He's very strong too, but we've got a chance against everyone.

“We're going to attack them, because they're not very compact in defence. We're doing some specific training to trouble them that way. They're strong when coming forwards, but so are we.”

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