Thursday March 15 2012
El Shaarawy has Italy dream

Milan youngster Stephan El Shaarawy admits that he is already thinking about the Italian national side – despite having won just two caps at Under-21 level.

The striker is still just 19, but he’s hoping to soon emulate Roma forward and Azzurrini teammate Fabio Borini who made his Azzurri debut last month against America.

“I certainly think about the national team,” he told Sky Sport Italia on Thursday. “Borini is doing really well and he deserved his call up.

“For now I’m in the Under-21 set-up and I always look to just give the best that I can.”

The former Padova man, who is still part-owned with Genoa, joined the Rossoneri in the summer but he’s had to be patient for his chance.

“I didn’t play for two months, but Milan helped me to get stronger,” he added. “Now things are improving and I am now adapting to Coach Massimiliano Allegri’s system.

“I’m a youngster who has a lot to learn. My objective is to do my best at Milan, to play in as many games as possible and score goals.”

El Shaarawy, born to an Italian mother and Egyptian father, has scored two goals in 16 League games for the leaders.

“We have a four-point lead, but there are many games left and we could make some mistakes,” he warned when asked about his side's Scudetto chances.

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