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Italy considers putting an Under 21 team in a Serie B club

Italian football officials are considering the radical move of creating an Under 21 club side in the second-tier Serie B in order to boost the dearth of young players coming through.

ROME // Italian football officials are considering the radical move of creating an Under 21 club side in the second-tier Serie B in order to boost the dearth of young players coming through.

An ageing Italy crashed out as holders in the group stage of last year's World Cup and the new national coach Cesare Prandelli has bemoaned the fact that Serie A teams do not show enough faith in good young players.

"Now we will take the idea to the relevant body which would be the federation board," Demetrio Albertini, the Italian footbakk federation vice president, said.

The dynamics of how such a team would work have yet to be agreed but Italian federation youth supremo Arrigo Sacchi and Prandelli had backed the plan, Albertini said.