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Wednesday November 20 2019
Kean: 'Did talking on the pitch'

Everton striker Moise Kean believes he has “responded on the pitch" to critics after scoring twice for Italy Under-21s against Armenia on Tuesday.

The former Juventus youngster vented on social media last weekend, in response to recent criticism of his performances, which have yielded no goals in four Everton appearances and speculation about a return to Serie A.

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Tuesday November 19 2019
This is not your usual Italy

An Italy side that scores nine goals and is hungry for more, this is definitely not the Nazionale Martin Mork is accustomed to, but points to a fascinating future.

Roberto Mancini’s Italy had already qualified for Euro 2020, setting a new standard by breaking Vittorio Pozzo’s record from the 1930s, but they weren’t ready to stop there. Rewind one year and who would have thought this Italy would be the one going into the history books?

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Monday November 18 2019
Female ref for Italy U21s

Female official Stephanie Frappart has been confirmed as the referee for tomorrow’s Italy Under-21 match against Armenia.

Frappart made history in August when she officiated the European Super Cup between Champions League finalists Liverpool and Europa League winners Chelsea, becoming the first woman to arbitrate a UEFA men’s game.

The 35-year-old is also on Ligue 1’s books full time this season, and she will now make her bow in an Italy match.

The Azzurrini are currently second in Group A, with two games in hand on their rivals.

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Saturday November 16 2019
Cutrone: 'I am always ready'

Patrick Cutrone assured he is “always ready when called upon” by the Italy U-21s or Wolves, but he “remains a Milan fan.”

The Wolverhampton Wanderers striker scored a late brace in the Italy Under-21 side’s 3-0 win over Iceland this evening.

“I am very happy with the win, as we struggled a little at the start, but then came together and scored three good goals,” Cutrone told Tuttomercatoweb.

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Saturday November 16 2019
Nicolato: 'Another step forward'

Italy U21 coach Paolo Nicolato said Patrick Cutrone “deserved” his brace in a 3-0 victory over Iceland. “It’s another step forward.”

The Azzurrini leapfrogged Iceland into second place in their European Under-21 Championship qualifying group and have a game in hand too.

“I must compliment the lads, because some really hadn’t played much this season and were rusty,” the CT told Rai Sport.

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Saturday November 16 2019
U21: Cutrone double breaks Iceland

Patrick Cutrone bagged a late brace after Riccardo Sottil’s opener, as Italy beat Iceland 3-0 to go second in their Under-21 European Championship group with a game in hand.

The Azzurrini leapfrog Iceland and are now on 10 points from four games, leaving behind their opponents on nine points from five. The Republic of Ireland lead Group 1 with 13 points, but have already played six matches.

Moise Kean was suspended, Sandro Tonali and Nicolò Zaniolo promoted to the senior squad, so there were changes at SPAL’s Stadio Paolo Mazza in Ferrara.

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Saturday November 16 2019
U21: Italy v Iceland line-ups

Patrick Cutrone, Andrea Pinamonti and Riccardo Sottil lead the Italy attack in an Under-21 European Championship qualifier with Iceland.

It kicks off at 17.30 GMT at SPAL’s Stadio Paolo Mazza in Ferrara.

The Azzurrini are currently third in European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 1 on seven points from three games.

However, Iceland on nine points have already played four matches, while the Republic of Ireland have 13 points from six encounters.

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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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