AQUILANI: NATIONAL TEAM CAREER EXPOSED
Italian midfielder Alberto Aquilani was destined for a phenomenal career until several injury issues prevented him from reaching the pinnacle of his career. While his club career suffered a great deal because of the injuries, his national team career was also not spared.
The injuries suffered by Alberto Aquilanipartly contributed to his return of just 38 caps for the Italian national team over a period of eight years. The ex-AS Roma and Liverpool midfielder played for Italy from 2006 to 2014, netting five goals in the process.
Hewas one of the players who featured for at leastsix majoryouth teams over the last two decades. He played for the u-16, u-17, u-18, u-19, u-20 and u-21 teams before making his debut for the senior team.
Former AC Milan and Fiorentina man Aquilani made his debut for the Italian team during a friendly match with Turkey in November 2006. The 36-year-old made his debut during the game which ended in a 1-1 draw.
He was part of the Italy squad to Euro 2008 and didn't play until the third group game against France. He came on as a substitute as Italy beat France 2-0 in their final group game at the tournament. He went on to start the next game, quarterfinal clash with eventual champions Spain.
Alberto Aquilaniwas given a rare start in midfield due to the suspensions of Andrea Pirlo and Gennaro Gattuso. Aquilani and Italy crashed out of Euro 2008 at the quarterfinal stage after the 4-2 defeat during the penalty shootouts after the two teams played goalless at the end of extra time. He went on to represent his country at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournaments in Brazil.
The Italian midfielder scored his first goal for his country during a 2010 World Cup qualifier against Montenegro in 2008. Aquilani scored a brace in that game but was later left out of the tournament proper in South Africa.