Sheffield United: Diego’s perfect game
De Girolamo scored the first of the Azzurrini’s five goals during a 5-0 rout of the Czech Republic earlier this month which ensured Alberico Evani’s team finished fifth in the prestigious Valentin Granatkin Memorial competition.
The tournament, which took place in Russia, marked the 17-year-old’s international debut after a personal intervention by Arrigo Sacchi helped Italy beat England in the race for his services.
Evani, who worked under Sacchi at Milan, said: “That was a perfect game. I asked my players top show their best in this last tournament match.
“The match against the strong Czech Republic team should have shown all our power. Players did their best and that was an interesting game.”
De Girolamo, who made his debut for United during the recent Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie against Coventry City, was also on target during Italy’s meeting with Iran.
The Chesterfield born forward, who qualifies for Evani’s squad courtesy of his Neapolitan father, signed a professional contract at Bramall Lane in October after graduating from the South Yorkshire club’s Shirecliffe academy.
England internationals Kyle Walker and Phil Jagielka also progressed through United’s youth system.
Evani, whose squad also comprised of players from Fiorentina, Roma, Lazio and Internazionale, added: “If other coaches complain that their players are tired I do motivate my team with words and they find energy for games. I found what to say after we faced Saint-Petersburg and Iran to cheer them up and my players showed a remarkable game.”