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The 22-year old midfielder received his first-call up to the National Team and agrees with the selection of younger players if they are ready to perform at the highest level.

Addressing the media at Coverciano yesterday, Atalanta central midfielder Roberto Gagliardi spoke about the unexpected call he received from Giampiero Ventura and how it has always been his main goal to represent his home nation:

It was an unexpected selection, being around champions who not long ago, I have only seen on television, is a dream. I am happy for this being both my moment and being with the squad. If young players are ready, it is only right to select them. The victories that have came at Atalanta has given confidence to the squad, the manager’s ideas have been perceived better by us as time passes.

The European Under-21 Championship next summer remains the main objective, but Senior National Team is something more. The National Team has always been my goal. A year ago, I would have never thought of being selected but I am here now. I dedicate my call-up to my family, to Atalanta, to my friends and to my girlfriend.


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