Sam pdoria striker Fabio Quagliarella has been a player reborn in the last few months, as he has been scoring goals for fun. Interestingly, the striker is at the tail end of his career at 36 years of age. The incredible form shown by the forward in the 2018-19 Italian Serie A campaign has not only seen him go toe-to-toe with Cristiano Ronaldo for the Golden Boot title but it has also resulted in the striker being an impressive choice for the Italian national team ahead of Euro 2020 qualifiers. Italy have two major qualifying matches coming up in March and Roberto Mancini has decided to includeQuagliarella much to the surprise of fans.
This marks a return to international football for the 36-year-old after almost a decade. He was last seen with the Italian national team back in 2010 and this can provide a very short spell with the national team for the striker, as he only featured for three years since making his debut in 2007. The forward made only 25 appearances for the national team with a return of seven goals. The striker has been well travelled throughout his career and he has represented clubs like Sam pdoria, Udinese, Napoli, Juventus, and Torino. However, he has been making his name only in his second spell with Sampdoria.
Italy manager Roberto Mancini has admitted that he was pleased with his team’s performance after they picked up a slender 1-0 win over United States in an international duty. The Azzurri were recently frustrated with a goalless stalemate against Portugal and the United States game appeared to be going the same way before Matteo Politano found the breakthrough in the 94th minute.
Speaking after the game, Mancini said that he was relieved by the outcome, given his side have not been rewarded for the chances created of late, he told RAI Sport: “It was heading to 0-0 again… but that’s football, there’s nothing you can do about it. We had so many chances, the important thing is that it was a good performance. It was the first time we were playing together, so we couldn’t think of playing like the first half for 90 minutes. We got a little stretched out as we pushed harder to find the breakthrough.”