MX23RW : Monday, September 24 07:59:01
Oct 13, 2014 at 7.45pm UK
Malta
0-1
Italy

Briffa (41')
Mifsud (27')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Pelle (23')
Darmian (43')
Bonucci (73')

Graziano Pelle hungry for more Italy caps

Italy forward Graziano Pelle hopes that his goal in Monday's 1-0 win over Malta is enough to earn him more chances to impress.

Graziano Pelle is hopeful that his match-winning performance in Italy's 1-0 victory over Malta earns him further opportunities at international level.

The Southampton hitman marked his Azzurri debut by netting a 24th-minute winner as Antonio Conte's side maintained their 100% start to Euro 2016 qualifying.

"I am happy, everyone has a different journey and I am glad I got here, especially as to score is the most important thing for a striker," he told reporters.

"I had another chance too and it's a shame that one didn't go in. On the one hand it's positive, but on the other I am very harsh on myself, as I could've done a lot better.

"I am Italian and so proud to be wearing the Azzurri jersey. I hope I get the opportunity to wear it again."

Italy face co-leaders in Group H Croatia on November 16.

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Graziano Pelle of Italy celebrates after scoring the first goal during the EURO 2016 Group H Qualifier match against Malta on October 13, 2014
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