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2. Marco Benassi – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the Italian players that Gareth Southgate’s side need to be wary of – The midfielder, wisely, opted not to brand his upcoming opponents as ‘overrated’ in a recent pre-match press conference. England certainly deserve respect, but so too do Italy. Benassi, who formed part of a new look three man midfield against Portugal, added much needed energy to his side’s ranks and fired a long-range shot at goal just 10 seconds into the game. Such a tactic highlights that his confidence is sky high and he will look to test Jack Butland in the England goal at every opportunity. Southgate’s side will need to work hard in the centre of the park as they are going to have a real battle on their hands. 5 1. Domenico Berardi – The striker has scored his side’s only goal of the tournament so far and will be desperate to improve his tally – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the full list of Italian players that Gareth Southgate’s side need to be wary of – The forward’s strike from the spot against Sweden represents Italy’s sole goal at the tournament thus far. Such a tally will need to be added to if they are to avoid an early plane home and the responsibility to provide an attacking impetus will rest on Berardi’s shoulders. The 20-year-old scored 15 goals for Sassuolo in Serie A last season and is pushing to be recalled by parent club Juventus. Finding a route past John Stones and co could persuade Massimiliano Allegri that the youngster is ready to step up. 5 4. Alessio Romagnoli – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the last Italian player that Gareth Southgate’s side need to be wary of – The 20-year-old is the youngest member of Italy’s squad, but is further along the development line than many of his peers. The central defender, who is also capable on the left flank as he is predominantly left footed, spent last season on loan with Sampdoria from Roma. Walter Zenga’s side recorded a seventh place finish in Serie A and the youngster made a total of 29 appearances. Capable with the ball at his feet and assured in possession, comparisons between Romagnoli and the legendary Alessandro Nesta have already been drawn upon. 5 3. Daniele Rugani – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the Italian players that Gareth Southgate’s side need to be wary of – The central defender was an ever present for Empoli in Serie A last season, which was an impressive achievement given his tender years. The 20-year-old, who is 6ft 2in, is an imposing presence and will relish an opportunity to stifle the attacking talent of Spurs striker Harry Kane. Expect the Englishman to be followed closely. the youngster’s form has persuaded Juventus to acquire exclusive rights to his services earlier this year and big things are expected of him. 5 England v Italy in the Under-21 European Championship is live on talkSPORT tonight, Wednesday 24 June 2015“The worst that can happen is gone,” quipped England Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate ahead of this evening’s group clash against Italy.Phew. At least the Young Lions won’t be coming home from this summer’s European Under-21 Championship without a point.Such a scenario would have been embarrassing, given the amount of established Premier League players that have travelled to the Cezch Republic.However, their passage into the knock-out stages of the tournament is far from assured.Luigi Di Biagio’s Italy, who are also in need of points to secure progression, may sit bottom of Group B but still have several dangerous players in their midst.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the Azzurrini players that England need to keep a close eye on in Olomouc this evening…. 5 5. Andrea Belotti – The 21-year-old Calcinate born forward one of the creative forces that England will have to stifle in Olomouc tonight. – The forward began his career in humble beginnings with Albino Leffe prior to a move to recently relegated Palermo. The youngster helped the Sicilians reclaim their Serie A status and featured in every single one of their league fixtures last season, scoring six goals. Paulo Dybala’s exploits saw him take most of the plaudits, and secure move to Juventus, but Belotti is also a promising talent. Gareth Southgate’s defence will need to be on top form to ensure he cannot make an impact.