Italy coach Prandelli hails German youth system

The Azzurri boss has cast an envious glance in the direction of Joachim Low, who will take a squad to Poland and Ukraine this summer packed with exciting young talent
Cesare Prandelli has lauded Germany's dramatic overhaul of the country's youth system but claimed that Italy will soon begin reaping the benefits of their decision to revamp their own set-up.

The German Football Federation (DFB) implemented a raft of structural changes over a decade ago which have resulted in the production of a plethora of exciting young players for the national team in recent years.

"Germany have been heavily engaged in a radical renewal," Azzurri boss Prandelli told SID.

"They have shown courage and a new approach. This has changed the quality of their game radically."

Italy are currently struggling to unearth new talent, while Serie A sides are often lambasted for failing to invest more in youth development.

Prandelli, though, insists that the situation is improving, claiming: "In the last two years a lot has changed.

"We will soon see a new generation of players in the national team. Italy must rely on youth to have a future."

Italy have been drawn in the same group as Spain, Republic of Ireland and Croatia at Euro 2012.

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