Napoli talisman Lorenzo Insigne defended his Azzurri teammate and friend Ciro Immobile.

Speaking to Italian broadcaster Rai Sport (via LazioNews24) last night, the 30-year-old Italian winger responded to the heavy criticisms levied against the Lazio striker in recent months due to his slightly lacklustre performances with the Azzurri.

All I can say to Ciro is to stay calm, he doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone. He was top scorer for three seasons, he won the Golden Boot and I don’t think he doesn’t know how to play football.

But everyone has their own ideas, the time will come when he will be able to show his skills in the Azzurri shirt. 

He has played two league games scoring four goals, I don’t think he can’t play or score. He’s slightly blocked, but we’ll help him out of this moment.

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The 31-year-old Immobile, who is contracted to Lazio until 2025, has scored 15 goals for the Italian national team across 54 caps since making his debut in 2014, including two goals in Italy’s successful Euro 2020 campaign earlier this summer.

The Biancocelesti forward has often come under criticism for his performances for the Azzurri, with many complaining that he cannot replicate his Lazio form for the national team.

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He has not scored for Italy in his last six appearances but has still scored the most goals for Italy since 2019.

Coach Roberto Mancini has expressed his commitment to the 31-year-old Immobile, who is set to remain Italy’s main striker for the upcoming international breaks.