Southampton’s Graziano Pelle self-critical despite dream debut for Italy v Malta in Euro 2016 qualifier

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle is happy with his debut for Italy on Monday, but believes that he could have done better.

Graziano Pelle may have made a dream debut for Italy on Monday, but he was still quite self-critical.

The Southampton striker started the Azzurri’s Euro 2016 Group H clash against Malta at the Ta' Qali National Stadium in Ta' Qali.

The 29-year-old, who has been in impressive form in the Premier League so far this season, scored the winning goal in the encounter, as Italy edged past the European minnows 1-0.

It was a grand occasion for Pelle who had been overlooked by Italy despite his good form for Feyenoord in the past two seasons, but the striker was still not entirely satisfied with his performance.

‘I am happy, everyone has a different journey and I am glad I got here, especially as to score is the most important thing for a striker’, Football Italia quotes Pelle as telling Rai Sport.

‘I had another chance too and it’s a shame that one didn’t go in. On one hand it’s positive, but on the other I am very harsh on myself, as I could’ve done a lot better. I know that I can take a shot first time and not take an extra touch, so I ought to do that more’.

Pelle’s desire to do more and improve himself only shows how determined he is to establish himself as an important player for Italy.

The former AZ and Parma striker has been on fire in the Premier League since his move from Feyenoord in the summer transfer window.

Pelle has scored four goals in seven league matches, while creating 11 chances for his teammates.

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