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Acerbi: Italy need their fans against England

Tue 20 September 2022 | 20:55

Defender Francesco Acerbi has talked about his departure from Lazio and joining Inter.

Italy

will play against England and Hungary in the Nations League.

Francesco Acerbi

says the Azzurri needs their fans against England on Friday at San Siro.

Italy has five points from four games in League A Group 3 and is third behind Germany and Hungary.

“Being in the Nazionale means everyone has to take responsibility. We won the Euros, but failed to qualify for the World Cup, so now we have to roll our sleeves up and all give something more,”

Acerbi told RAI Sport.

“This team needs applause and support, which I think we will get at San Siro.”

After Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar older players like Giorgio Chiellini decided to retire from international football but Acerbi says other players can replace Chiellini.

“Giorgio was the most experienced player in the squad and his presence was felt in the locker room, he’s a great man who gives his all and is a real reference point.

“We are missing a leader like him, but there are others who can step up.”

Acerbi joined

Inter

on loan from Lazio this summer after weeks of controversy. Acerbi did not play in pre-season after his relationship with ultras broke down and they demanded his sale.

“You get insults wherever you go, not just you, but your family members too. The fans have every right, even if there probably ought to be a limit, but this is how it is.

“Going from Lazio to Inter is a step up in quality. Simone Inzaghi did so well at Lazio for many years, he’s feeling the pressure right now, but I was glad to reunite with the same great coach and man I knew.”


source: SportMob

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