Southampton newbie nets first international goal on Italy debut

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle, who made his Italy debut against Malta, scored the only goal of the game to help his country maintain their perfect start to the Euro 2016 qualifiers, Daily Mail reports. 

The 29-year-old finally made his long-awaited appearance for the Italian national team after being snub by their previous manager despite netting 23 goals in 28 games for Feyenoord in his previous campaign. 

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However, after impressing for the Saints with four goals in seven Premier League matches, Antonio Conte, who took over from Cesare Prandelli, gave him an opportunity, which eventually paid off. 

Their latest victory has given them a huge boost in their bid to qualify for Euro 2016, but admits there is still some room for improvements.

“Having points in the table should give us confidence,” Conte said. “We won but we could have been more decisive in front of the goal. There’s margin for improvement.”