ONE of the Italian defenders who kept a clean sheet against England on Saturday night was a bricklayer just five years ago.
Gareth Southgate's men were frustrated by the European champions as they played out a goalless draw at Molineux.
It was some step up for Federico Gatti who was making his debut for the Azzurri.
Gatti's rise to international football is a remarkable story – one that has culminated in him joining the great Juventus.
After facing England, Gatti – who played in Serie B with Frosinone last season – revealed how nervous he had been ahead of his international bow.
Speaking to RAI Sport, the 23-year-old said: “I had an inkling that I would play, so I didn’t sleep much the last few days! I hope for many more of these days.
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“I was playing in Serie B this season, so being there with players who are in the Champions League, it was a bit nerve-wracking, but I shook it off and played the way I do even in the lower divisions.
"I don’t look anyone in the face, I just go for it."
Gatti has swiftly moved through the ranks just a handful of years after playing non-league for Verbania.
He helped the side to promotion to the fourth tier in 2019 before joining Serie C team Pro Patria.
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Just one campaign in the third division led to him being plucked by Serie B outfit Frosinone.
Juventus then agreed a £7.7million deal to bring him in during the most recent January window, but they sent him back out on loan to Frosinone until the end of the campaign.
Now Gatti is set to join up with the rest of Max Allegri's side for pre-season training.
It marks a sensational rise for the defender who has gone from being a part-time player to signing for one of Europe's biggest clubs in less than five years.
He will also be hoping to keep his spot in the Italy national team.
And Gatti admitted after the match against England that he was nervous prior to making his international debut.
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