Tracking the Development of Italy's Top Youth Prospects

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Tracking the Development of Italy's Top Youth Prospects
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Italy has a full slate of international competition ahead of its national teams this summer, and its youth level is no exception.

While the senior team plays two friendlies, five World Cup qualifiers, and travels to Brazil to compete in the Confederations Cup, the U-21 team will have the equally important task of competing in the biennial UEFA U-21 European Championships in Israel.

These Azzurrini feature an abundance of players with a real chance to make it big on the international level and propel Italy into a golden era for the next decade or so.  Some have already begun making their mark for the senior squad, others aren't in the regular mix but shouldn't be ignored.

Here is a look at five major prospects who aspire to wear the Savoy blue on the senior level on a full-time basis.  All five are on the provisional roster for the U-21 Euros.  All have been capped at the senior level at least once—but no more than three times.  All played top-tier soccer this past season, either in Italy or abroad.  And, hopefully, all will be looking to make their marks with the senior team by the time the 2018 World Cup comes around.

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