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Thursday November 18 2010
Under-21s: Italy 2-1 Turkey

Federico Macheda pledged to follow his brace with a hat-trick and slammed former Italy Under-21 Coach Pierluigi Casiraghi.

“I can give more,” he told the Gazzetta dello Sport after netting both in a 2-1 friendly win over Turkey yesterday afternoon.

“If I scored two this time, then for the next game I will get three.”

Macheda was the star of the show on Coach Ciro Ferrara's debut, but the Manchester United striker had been repeatedly benched by the previous boss.

“Casiraghi never had any faith in me. I have never felt the way I do today. I like Ferrara, though, as he is relaxed and really talks to you.

“He put his faith in me and I repaid him.”

Macheda also hailed teammate Marco D'Alessandro, who provided the assist for his second goal.

“We've been friends since we were 10 years old. He is too kind in his compliments and deserves much of the credit for the second goal.

“Ferrara said that if he was in defence for Turkey, I wouldn't have scored! In any case, I'll return to Manchester and Sir Alex Ferguson feeling happy and I think he will be too.”

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