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Mancini set to play young stars in US friendly

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Roberto Mancini wants to give the Italian young guns the chance to stake a claim in the Nazionale as he seeks to go with a different approach against the USA

The barren draw with Portugal at San Siro last was the final Nations League group game, but they have a friendly against the USA on Tuesday in Genk.

“We are a little unlucky in some situations, but the team is proving that it can compete at any level in the future and we can only get stronger from here,” the Italian boss told Rai programme as cited by Football Italia.

“It was pleasing to see the response from the fans, as being able to recreate the joy for this Nazionale is the best and most important thing we can achieve.

“We are managing that because the lads are playing some really good football. Of course, there’s a long way to go and we are working, trying to renovate the Nazionale with young players and a different tactical approach.”

Italy are expected to start Sandro Tonali on Tuesday, and most likely with Roma teen Nicolò Zaniolo, Atalanta defender Gianluca Mancini and Juventus striker Moise Kean.

“We need to get to know them better, to see them in action,” continued Mancini.

“Hopefully, many young players will get a chance to feature, as that’ll mean we’ve got a bright future ahead of us. I think there are many talented players out there, they just need to gain some experience.”