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Saturday October 10 2020
U21: Italy-Ireland kick-off moved

All today’s tests for the Italy Under-21 squad came back negative for COVID-19 after the Iceland game was postponed, but the Republic of Ireland kick-off changes.

The Azzurrini were stopped on their flight to Iceland by the local authorities after a series of positive COVID-19 tests between players and staff.

As a result, the European Under-21 Championship qualifier had to be postponed.

The squad returned to Tirrenia today and another round of swabs came back negative, so the outbreak has so far not spread any further.

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Friday September 18 2020
Italy announce venue change

Italy’s friendly against Moldova has been moved from Parma to Florence, while the venue hosting Netherlands in the Nations League is under review. 

A statement on the FIGC’s official website writes this change minimises travel time from Italy’s training base in Coverciano.

October promises to be a busy month for the Azzurri, who host Moldova on the 7th, before respectively taking on Netherlands and Poland on the 11th and 14th.

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Friday May 29 2020
Sky: Milan want Jeff Hendrick

Milan are being linked with a surprise move for Burnley and Republic of Ireland midfielder Jeff Hendrick this evening.

Hendrick’s contract with Burnley is due to expire next month and Sky Sports reports Milan have ‘shown an interest’ in the 28-year-old.

However, the broadcaster stresses the Clarets ‘remain hopeful’ of tying him down to an extension.

The Irishman began his career with Derby County, making more than 200 appearances for the Rams before joining Burnley for a club-record £10.5m (€11.8m) in 2016.

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Sunday October 13 2019
Nicolato: 'Kean is still just a kid'

Italy U21 Coach Paolo Nicolato prepares for Armenia and warns Moise Kean is immature. “On an emotional level, he’s still a kid.”

The Azzurrini won their first qualifier for the 2021 European Championships, then drew 0-0 away to the Republic of Ireland, so the pressure is on for tomorrow’s trip to Armenia.

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Thursday October 10 2019
'Kean fell for Irish provocation'

Italy U21 Coach Paolo Nicolato told off Moise Kean after a red card against the Republic of Ireland. “We shouldn’t have fallen for their provocation.”

It was only the Azzurrini’s second game of the European Under-21 Championship qualifying group, whereas Ireland had already won their three matches.

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Thursday October 10 2019
U21: Kean sees red in Ireland

Moise Kean came off the bench and saw red in an ill-tempered and often ugly 0-0 draw between Italy U21s and the Republic of Ireland, with both teams down to 10 men.

The hosts had already won their three games so far in the European Under-21 Championship qualifying group, while the Azzurrini beat Luxembourg 5-0 in their only match.

Troy Parrott was fortunate to only get a yellow card for his awful studs-up tackle on Sandro Tonali’s ankle just 12 minutes in, but there is no VAR at this level.

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Thursday October 10 2019
U21 line-ups: Rep Ireland v Italy

Italy have benched Patrick Cutrone and Moise Kean for their Under-21 European Championship qualifier with the Republic of Ireland.

It kicks off in Dublin at 20.05 UK time and is the Azzurrini’s second game in this qualifying group, whereas Ireland have already won all three of their fixtures.

Coach Paolo Nicolato had been expected to start Wolves striker Cutrone and Everton forward Kean, but instead he has opted for a trident attack of Davide Frattesi, Andrea Pinamonti and Gianluca Scamacca.

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Thursday October 10 2019
Probable line-ups: Ireland U21-Italy U21

Italy Under-21s are expected to line up with Premier League starlets Patrick Cutrone and Moise Kean against Republic of Ireland this evening.

Kean is once more with the Azzurrini and should keep his place on the left wing, with Cutrone replacing Andrea Pinamonti through the middle.

On the right, Fiorentina’s Andrea Sottil should get the nod over Ascoli forward Gianluca Scamacca.

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Wednesday October 9 2019
U21: Nicolato respects Ireland

Italy U21 Coach Paolo Nicolato expects a tough test against group leaders the Republic of Ireland, but “we want attacking football and possession.”

The Azzurrini visit Dublin on Thursday at 20.05 UK time and due to a complex schedule, this is only their second game in Group 1, the qualifiers for the 2021 European Under-21 Championship.

Ireland have won all three of their matches so far and lead the group, followed by Iceland with six points from two and Italy on three points.

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Monday October 7 2019
Nicolato enjoying Azzurrini striking riches