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Italy fall to familiar foe Spain at U21 Euros but there is hope for the future

England fans weren't the only ones to feel like they've been here before as they watched their team bow out of the Under-21 European Championship on penalties to Germany. Italy's U21s also saw an all too familiar and unwelcome story unfold before their eyes when they lost 3-1 to Spain later on Tuesday evening.

Ever since the Euro 2008 quarterfinal in Vienna, Italy have had to get used to losing to Spain over the past decade. Last summer's 2-0 win in the round-of-16 at Euro 2016 was the exception...

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Sassuolo's Lorenzo Pellegrini set for Roma return

Lorenzo Pellegrini
Lorenzo Pellegrini, 21, has made 11 under-21 appearances for Italy and has one senior cap.

Lorenzo Pellegrini confirmed on Tuesday that he will be moving from Sassuolo back to boyhood club Roma.

Speaking after Italy's 3-1 European Under-21 Championship semifinal loss to Spain, the midfielder said that he was close to sealing a return to the Stadio Olimpico where he will meet up with former Sassuolo boss Eusebio Di Francesco.

"I will go now and sign for Roma in the hotel," Pellegrini told reporters after the match.

"I am returning to Roma in order to play my chances. I want to be a protagonist,...