Date: 25th March 2016 at 12:17am
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1-1 draw, despite the Italians displaying an excellent performance.

The 22-year old entered the game for Antonio Candreva in the 60th minute against La Roja, in a match that saw the Azzurri test the reigning European Champions several times.

“It was certainly a beautiful and positive start for me,” he told Rai Sport following the international friendly.

“Being here and wearing this jersey gives me great pride, although the draw was a pity.

“We played very well against a strong team.

“I tried to do what coach Antonio Conte asked of me, I’m happy to have made my debut.

“Now we must focus and prepare to face Germany.”

When asked about his prospects of joining the senior side in France for the European Championship in June, Bernardeschi simply stated he will continue to try his best to earn a spot.

“I must continue to work and prove myself, if I am called, I will give my all.”

The 21-year old also congratulated the Italian Under-21 squad who defeated the Ireland Under-21 team 4-1.

“I congratulate my fellow U-21s who won tonight,” he said.

“We younger players always try our best, sometimes we succeed, sometimes we don’t; but tonight we did well and we are all happy.”