The Toffees ace and Goodison Park summer signing scored for his nation in their Euro 2021 qualifying win but was taken off by Paolo Nicolato at the break.

Italy Under-21s head coach Paolo Nicolato has explained why he took Everton starlet Moise Kean off at half time – despite scoring – in the Azzurrini’s 5-0 win over their Luxembourg counterparts in Euro 2021 qualifying (Football Italia).

The Toffees man scored from the penalty spot on 37 minutes at the Stadio Teofilo Patini in Castel di Sangro, doubling the hosts’ lead after Manuel Locatelli had broken the deadlock, also from 12 yards out.

Kean – who had picked up a yellow card five minutes before his goal – was then brought off at half time as Riccardo Sottil took his place in the second half, and Nicolato’s charges scored three more goals after the interval.

Sottil made an immediate impact, getting the better of two defenders down the right and firing home at the near post just after the hour, before Marco Tumminello and Gianluca Scamacca breached the Luxembourg back line once more.

When asked by Rai Sport – as quoted by Football Italia – why he had taken Kean off at the break, Nicolato said: “I needed someone who played wider than Kean. Moise tended to come inside more and on the bench I had Riccardo who, on the other hand, is very good at that kind of game. I have many quality players and, if I can, I’ll use them.”

Kean will now return to Everton duty as the international break comes to an end, with Marco Silva’s charges heading to Bournemouth on Sunday for their next Premier League game.

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