Saturday November 12 2016
Zappacosta: 'Dream Italy debut'

Davide Zappacosta was pleased with his senior Italy debut in a 4-0 victory away to Liechtenstein. “I was dreaming of this.”

The Torino right-back was thrown in from the start by Coach Giampiero Ventura in this World Cup qualifier.

“Every player aspires to this moment and I was dreaming of it, so naturally I am very happy,” the 24-year-old told Rai Sport.

“Liechtenstein were a rugged side and it was important we get the game on the right track as early as possible.

“I must keep my feet on the ground and always give 110 per cent, because there are so many talented players here and I know I have to give extra to earn my place.

“When I step on to the pitch I try to give my best and maybe even score a goal. I ran very hard, even if there weren’t enough crosses from me and I didn’t put my teammates in the right conditions to score.”