Southampton striker Graziano Pelle has been given his first call-up to the Italian national following a string of fine performances.
The 29-year-old joined the Saints this summer on a three-year deal from Eredivisie outfit Feyenoord for a reported ₤8 million fee.
His start to life on the South Coast under new boss Ronald Koeman couldn’t have gone much better as his four Premier League goals in six matches have propelled the Saints to the upper echelons of table.
To reward such an outstanding start, Italian boss Antonio Conte has opted to include him in the Azzurri’s squad for the Euro 2016 qualifying matches against Azerbaijan and Malta.
Clearly ecstatic with his fabulous achievement, Pelle took to social networking site Twitter to post share his feelings whilst thanking both the Saints and his former club Feyenoord.
Another dream came true, I missed so much this color on me!TNX to my family, staff + team from Feyenoord & Saints ❤️ pic.twitter.com/OhgD1MYmaA— Graziano Pellè (@GPelle19) octubre 4, 2014
Described as target man with good feet, Pelle has often been compared to former Italian international frontman and current Verona idol Luca Toni.
Toni, now 37, was a first team member of Italy’s World Cup winning squad in 2006 and lauded for his strength and ability to lead the line on his own.
Whilst it’s arguably too late for Pelle to have that sort of impact on the international stage, if his recent displays are anything to go by then he will certainly feel that he can add something to Conte's squad.