MILAN - Inter's promising young midfielder Lorenzo Crisetig made his Italy Under-21 debut in Viareggio last night at the tender age of seventeen.
The Inter Primavera starlet came on for the final ten minutes of the Azzurrini's 2-2 European Championship qualifying draw against Denmark to become the youngest ever player to make his debut at Italy Under-21 level after a string of call-ups to Pierluigi Casiraghi's team.
The previous record holder was Manchester United's Federico Macheda, who made his debut for the Azzurrini at the age of 18.
On his return from Viareggio, Lorenzo was interviewed by Inter Channel at the club's academy headquarters. "It went very well, I made my debut this time and this is a reward for me because I have worked well and I will keep working to do well this year, especially with the Primavera team," said Crisetig.
"Casiraghi asked me to play for the team and give my all. We were two goals down and we could have collapsed, but instead we produced a nice comeback."
After his debut at Under-21 level, Crisetig can now look forward to his second season with Inter Primavera. "It's obviously my dream to arrive in the first team and play for them, but doing well for the Primavera is among my priorities," he said.
"Our coach Pea will ask the team to show lots of character this year. We are a very young group and our strength is based on character."