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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, set 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 though this Italy would be the one going into the history books?

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Monday November 18 2019
Nicolato: 'Kean perfect with U21s'

Italy U-21 boss Paolo Nicolato assures Everton striker Moise Kean has always been professional under his watch. "At his age it's not easy with this pressure."

Kean has made headlines for all the wrong reasons lately, as his father has claimed the striker shouldn't have left Italy last summer.

He's only started two games for Everton since signing for £27.5m from Juventus and was recently dropped for tardiness, an issue that also affected him during the European Under-21 Championships.

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Monday November 18 2019
'Old Italy defence a problem'

World Cup winner Claudio Gentile warns “now the real work starts” for Italy and claims they are struggling to bring through defenders.

Italy have secured their place at Euro 2020 with flying colours, winning nine out of nine qualifiers, and they will look to make it a perfect 10 against Armenia this evening.

Despite that, Gentile told ANSA: “It’s always nice to win, but now the real work starts.

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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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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
Pellegrini out of U21 squad

Cagliari left-back Luca Pellegrini has pulled out of Italy’s Under-21 squad with a minor ankle problem.

Pellegrini suffered the setback during training on Tuesday, but Gazzetta dello Sport assures his exit from the U21 camp is only precautionary.

Nonetheless, it is enough to see him eject from the squad and taking his place is Sassuolo’s Alessandro Tripaldelli.

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Tuesday November 12 2019
Bastoni pulls out of Azzurrini squad

Inter defender Alessandro Bastoni has pulled out of the Azzurrini squad due to injury, replaced by Venezia youngster Nicolo Casale.

Coach Paolo Nicolato had to replace Bastoni from the U21 squad, as the Inter defender picked up an injury in the win over Hellas Verona and will not be able to play against Iceland and Armenia.

Bastoni has played six times in Serie A for the Nerazzurri this season and will now be assessed by the medical team at Inter, who are waiting on the seriousness of the issue and the time of recovery needed.

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