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Kean left out of Italy squad as punishment

Kean left out of Italy squad as punishment
By Eurosport

03/09/2019 at 10:42Updated 03/09/2019 at 16:13

Moise Kean has been left out of the Italy squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers after arriving late to a team meeting, head coach Roberto Mancini has revealed.

The Everton striker and Roma's Nicolo Zaniolo will play no part in games against Armenia and Finland in the coming fortnight, with Mancini saying "professionals must always behave well".

Kean's omission from the Italy squad comes after Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness criticised the 19-year-old's character, suggesting his "off-the-field activities are not the best".

Both Kean and Zaniolo have both previously impressed on duty with the senior team, but arrived late to camp for the Euro Under-21 Championships earlier this summer.

Alex Iwobi celebrates his goal with Moise Kean

Alex Iwobi celebrates his goal with Moise KeanGetty Images

Speaking at his press conference on Tuesday, Mancini said: "My team is already quite defined.

“If any interesting new faces came forward, we’d make them available to us. We’ll see what happens between now and the start of the European Championship.

“Here we are with the players who have been called up. If someone sensational breaks out, we’d gladly call them up.

" I’m sure they'll [Kean and Zaniolo] come in handy later on. I don’t like leaving them behind as punishment. They’re still young."

“We gave them a great opportunity and we hope this helps them going forward. They must learn to behave well. Professionals must always behave well."

Moise Kean has been left out of the Italy squad

Moise Kean has been left out of the Italy squadGetty Images

Kean completed a summer switch to Everton from Juventus for an initial £27.5m - a relatively cheap fee for one of the most highly-regarded young strikers in Europe.

Speaking on Super Sunday, Souness said: "At 19, why have they sold him? Personally, slight alarm bells are going off in my head. Juventus are arguably the biggest club in Italy, the wealthiest club in Italy.

" Given that they’ve got an older strike force, you’re selling a 19-year-old who won’t be hurting you wage-wise, they’ve not got £100 plus for him, so I think there must be other issues there. "

"Do they have a buy-back clause, Juve? Because if they’ve not got that, that would tell you they’re happy to see him out the door then. At 19, it doesn’t make any common sense if you’re Juventus. It’s as if maybe his off-the-field activities are not the best.”

Graeme Souness had been critical of Kean

Graeme Souness had been critical of KeanPA Sport

Italy squad to face Armenia and Finland

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Pierluigi Gollini (Atalanta), Alex Meret (Napoli), Salvatore Sirigu (Torino);

Defenders: Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Danilo D’Ambrosio (Inter), Emerson Palmieri (Chelsea), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Armando Izzo (Torino), Gianluca Mancini (Roma), Luca Pellegrini (Cagliari), Alessio Romagnoli (Milan);

Midfielders: Nicolò Barella (Inter), Sandro Tonali (Brescia), Frello Filho Jorge Luiz Jorginho (Chelsea), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Stefano Sensi (Inter), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain);

Forwards: Andrea Belotti (Torino), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Stephan El Shaarawy (Shangai Shenhua), Vincenzo Grifo (Freiburg), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Kevin Lasagna (Udinese).