Mancini explains Cutrone’s absence from the Azzurri

By Muaz Kayani -

New Italian national team manager Roberto Mancini recently called up his first squad, with four Milan players, but striker Patrick Cutrone was left out.

Mancini explained his decision to leave out the 20-year-old striker, who has drawn numerous comparisons to Filippo Inzaghi, “Cutrone is a player who scores goals, sees the goal, but we can not take them all away from Under 21. We hope that he will continue to play and score.”

Having proven himself as a striker with great positioning and finishing, most fans thought he would be called up to the Azzurri instead of Simone Zaza. But for now, he seems to be a part of the Italy Under-21 squad.

Patrick Cutrone broke out as one of the most exciting young strikers in Europe last season, bagging 18 goals in 46 appearances for Milan. His most notable goals last year included a late winner against Inter Milan in the Coppa Italia and a delicious backheel finish against AS Roma.

This last Friday, he pounced on a last-minute through ball by Gonzalo Higuain to win Milan all three points against AS Roma.

Tags AC Milan Azzurri Italy Italy U21 Patrick Cutrone Roberto Mancini