Antonio Conte aware of Pelle form

Antonio Conte says that Southampton striker Graziano Pelle is doing everything right in order to win a call-up to his Italy squad.

Italy boss Antonio Conte has revealed that Southampton striker Graziano Pelle is playing his way into contention for a first international cap.

The 29-year-old has struck three times in five Premier League outings since joining the Saints after a goal-laden spell with Feyenoord.

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has recently championed the idea of his forward earning a call-up to the Azzurri squad, and Conte says that Pelle's form has not gone unnoticed.

"On top of scoring 50 goals in 57 games in Holland, Pelle is now also scoring in England," Conte told Corriere dello Sport.

"We are watching him, as we are with others. I want a squad of 25-30 players based on meritocracy.

"I am not interested if your name is x or y, as I want 30 people who think 'we are the Nazionale'. If a player is talented, you play him."

Pelle represented Italy's Olympic football team in 2008.

Graziano Pelle of Southampton celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Newcastle United at St Mary's Stadium on September 13, 2014
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