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Friday November 15 2019
Nicolato: 'Not enough U21 starters'

Italy Under-21 coach Paolo Nicolato warns that "not enough young Italians are playing regularly at the top level," although three were promoted to the senior squad.

Nicolato's side has had various players drop out of the squad through injury, while midfielder Sandro Tonali was promoted to the first team after several injuries to Italy's senior squad, including Marco Verratti.

Speaking to Rai Sport, Nicolato believes that the players in his squad can get the job done against Iceland and Armenia over the next several days.

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Tuesday November 12 2019
Everton discipline Kean

Italy international Moise Kean was dropped from the Everton squad as a disciplinary measure, it’s reported, as he again showed up late.

The striker travelled with the team to Southampton for Saturday’s 2-1 Premier League win, but was not even on the bench.

According to Sky Sports UK and BBC Sport, Kean was dropped as a disciplinary measure because he was late for a team meeting for the second time this season.

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Monday November 11 2019
Nicolato: 'Tonali promotion a problem'

Italy Under-21 boss Paolo Nicolato admits that while Sandro Tonali’s senior promotion “gives us a lot of pleasure, it also gives us some problems.”

Tonalo was drafted into the full Italy squad after Marco Verratti pulled out, leaving Nicolato with mixed feelings as he also had Fiorentina’s Gaetano Castrovilli pinched.

“It gives us a lot of pleasure, but it also gives us some problems,” he said at a Press conference.

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Monday October 14 2019
Talent not enough for Azzurrini

Football Italia’s Chief Correspondent Richard Hall looks at the new era for the Italian U21 side, but seemingly with the same old problems.

After what seemed like constant disappointment, there is a new feeling of hope with Italy’s U21 team. There has never been any doubt around the talent at the Coach’s disposal, but that hasn’t stopped the team performing well below the levels expected.

Exiting at the group stage in a European Championship they were hosting was utterly unacceptable, so Gigi Di Biagio had to go. Now they have a new man in charge and so far results have been mixed ahead of today’s trip to Armenia.

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Monday October 14 2019
Probable line-ups: Armenia U21-Italy U21

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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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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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