Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018
FLORENCE

Soccer:Prandelli says Italy's young guns ready for challenge

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(ANSA) - Florence, August 14 - Italy coach Cesare Prandelli
said on Tuesday that he expects the host of young players he has
called up for Wednesday's friendly against England to quickly
show they are up to playing international soccer.
"I asked the guys to immediately identify themselves with
the spirit of the Azzurri," said Prandelli, whose side beat
England in June on the way to reaching the final of Euro 2012.
"I think that they already have".
Prandelli is set to field an experimental side in
Wednesday's match in Berne.
He decided not to select players from Serie A champions
Juventus or Italian Cup-winners Napoli, who were in action in
the Italian Super Cup in Beijing on Saturday.
He is also without Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli,
who has conjunctivitis, and left out AC Milan forward Antonio
Cassano because he wants to give younger players a chance to
shine.
His squad for the England game includes young forwards
Mattia Destro (who is 21), Stephan El Shaarawy (19), Manolo
Gabbiadini (20) and Diego Fabbrini (22), as well as full-back
Mattia De Sciglio and Paris Saint-Germain FC midfielder Marco
Verratti, who are both 19.
"If after the match tomorrow we go home with the knowledge
that two or three young people are ready, we will be happy,"
Prandelli said Tuesday.
There is doubt whether Roma defender Federico Balzaretti
will play, due to muscle fatigue.

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