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Monday May 27 2019
U21 Euros: Provisional Italy squad

Gigi Di Biagio has named his provisional Italy squad for the European Under-21 Championship, including Alex Meret, Sandro Tonali and Riccardo Orsolini.

Italy are hosting the tournament with San Marino in June and the pre-training retreat begins in Rome on Wednesday.

Bologna forward Simone Edera, who is owned by Torino, has pulled out due to injury, so Pescara pair Riccardo Sottil and Ferdinando Del Sole are called up instead.

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Friday May 24 2019
Meret: 'Italy U21s want to win'

Alex Meret insists “this season was a positive one” for Napoli and “Italy’s goal is to win” the European Under-21 Championship.

The goalkeeper arrived from Udinese in the summer and along with Spanish midfielder Fabian Ruiz, were the only major changes to what was still effectively Maurizio Sarri’s team.

“Coach Carlo Ancelotti taught us a lot, he gave the team a different identity after the previous cycle had ended,” Meret told Sky Sport Italia.

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Friday May 24 2019
U21 Euros: Italy name extended squad

Coach Gigi Di Biagio has named the 26-man long-list as Italy prepare to host the European Under-21 Championship, including Alex Meret, Sandro Tonali and Patrick Cutrone.

The tournament will be held in Italy and San Marino, with the Azzurrini in Group A with Spain, Poland and Belgium.

This list is for the players who will attend the training camp from May 29 to June 8 at Formello in Rome.

By midnight on June 6, Di Biagio must name the final 23-man squad, who will then begin formal training in Bologna on June 10.

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Saturday April 20 2019
Italy announce training camp

Italy will hold a double training camp on April 29-30 with young players who could go for the Under-21 or senior squads.

Coaches Roberto Mancini and Gigi Di Biagio will hold a joint Press conference on Monday April 29.

There is expected to be some crossover between the two levels of international football, as Italy are hosting the European Under-21 Championship in June.

This experiment of a joint training camp had already been held on February 4-5, when Mancini called up 32 players on the fringes of the squad.

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Monday March 25 2019
Di Biagio puzzled by Croatia draw

Luigi Di Biagio admits he ‘doesn’t know’ how Italy Under-21s threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Croatia on Monday.

Italy U21 have now won just two of their last nine games after also failing to beat Austria, but Di Biagio insisted there were still ‘positives’ to be drawn from the friendly in Frosinone.

“Croatia are a team who let you play a bit more than usual,” he said after the game.

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Monday March 25 2019
Azzurrini blow Croatia chance

Italy’s Under-21 team blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Croatia on Monday evening.

Italy made the perfect start as Alessandro Bastoni’s header and a Manuel Locatelli [pictured] strike put them 2-0 up inside the opening 26 minutes.

However, Riccardo Orsolini’s failure to take a one-on-one was quickly followed by Milan loanee Alen Halilovic pulling a goal back with a long-range effort.

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Monday March 25 2019
Line-ups: Italy U21-Croatia U21

Alex Meret and Sandro Tonali come into the Italy Under-21 XI for tonight’s friendly against Croatia.

Meret has recovered from flu to start ahead of Emil Audero in goal, while Brescia starlet Tonali takes the place of Lazio midfielder Alessandro Murgia.

Elsewhere, Parma pair Alessandro Bastoni and Federico Dimarco come into defence and Torino forward Vittorio Parigini lines up on the left wing.

Croatia, on the other hand, have a familiar face on the field in Milan winger Alen Halilovic, who is currently on loan at Standard Liege.

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Sunday March 24 2019
Di Biagio: 'Italy project paying off'

Italy Under-21 Coach Gigi Di Biagio insists the influx of young talent like Moise Kean and Nicolò Barella “came from the project we started eight years ago.”

The senior Azzurri beat Finland 2-0 in their opening Euro 2020 qualifying match on Saturday evening thanks to goals from 22-year-old Barella and 19-year-old Kean.

“Those goals make us very proud,” said Azzurrini Coach Di Biagio.

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Saturday March 23 2019
Milik and Piatek in flu 'epidemic'

Poland have been hit by “an epidemic” of illness, including Krzysztof Piatek and Arkadiusz Milik, leading to concerns after Fabian Ruiz was diagnosed with swine flu.

The Polish team is decimated going into the Euro 2020 qualifier against Latvia, following a victory away to Austria.

“We have an epidemic in the team and the first to have problems ahead of the game with Austria was Arkadiusz Milik,” explained Poland Coach Jerzy Brzeczek.

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Thursday March 21 2019
Di Biagio: 'Received some responses'

Italy Under-21 Coach Gigi Di Biagio “got the response I was looking for from some players, not from others” after a 0-0 friendly with Austria.

This was the penultimate friendly test before Di Biagio has to name his squad for the European Under-21 Championship.

“We had a good opening half-hour, then lost our shape. We gave the ball away cheaply, created our own problems and lost some confidence in a game that we had started so well,” the Coach told Rai Sport.

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