Italy not bothered by critics

Italy defender Matteo Darmian insists the squad is fully focused on doing well at the upcoming European Championship by paying little attention to media verdicts.

Despite making it all the way to the Euro 2012 final against Spain, Gli Azzurri have come in for criticism for their lack of momentum building up to major tournaments in recent years.

However, the Manchester United full-back says the team is ready for what promises to be a tough Group E alongside Sweden, Belgium and Ireland.

“We are here with great enthusiasm. Our adventure didn’t start today, it started a few weeks ago. We are working well and we want to be ready,” Darmian told reporters.

“We are looking forward to it and we hope so. It’s something we all hope but as I already said, it all depends on the work on the pitch so we will surely fight hard.

“We try not to pay attention to all that is around us and we focus on our job and on doing our best.”

The Italian also commented on the appointment of Giampiero Ventura as head coach Antonio Conte’s replacement after the tournament in France.

“Well, for sure I wish him the best and I wish him good luck. I am happy for this opportunity that mister Ventura has but at the moment I think we have to focus 100 per cent on this European championship, starting already from today,” he said.