El Shaarawy hoping club form impresses Conte

Roma striker Stephan El Shaarawy hopes his good form for his club will catch the eye of Italy coach Antonio Conte and a place in the national squad for the European Championships at the end of the season.

El Shaarawy scored two goals on Saturday to help his team to a 3-1 away victory over Empoli, taking his tally to four goals in five Serie A starts since securing a loan move from AC Milan in January.

The 23-year-old said after Saturday’s win: “I came to Roma to give everything I’ve got and give my career a turning point, but also with the aim of going to the Euros.

“I need to keep playing well for Roma and if possible keep scoring too, then we’ll see. I think I have [proved a point] because I came here after six months at Monaco set on giving my all for this team.

“Before joining I sensed the club really believed in me. I knew I couldn’t mess up. I’ve made a good start but I have to stay focused and keep it up.”

El Shaarawy will want to continue his form when Roma take on Fiorentina at home on Friday.