Leonardo Bonucci says Italy have a ‘duty’ to qualify for Euro 2020 in front of their fans and will draw inspiration from a recent visit to a children’s hospital.

Italy face Greece at the Olimpico on Saturday evening, knowing a win will secure them a place at the European Championship Finals – held all over the continent – next summer.

“It would be exciting to reach our objective so far in advance,” Bonucci said at a Press conference.

“It’s never happened before and it means we’re doing a great job. It would be nice to celebrate passing the finish line with the general public who will come to support us.

“We have a duty to put on a historic evening for Italy, at such a significant stadium.”

The Juventus defender was part of the Azzurri entourage who kept sick children company at the Bambino Gesu hospital in Rome yesterday.

“The time we spent with the children there gave us strong, contrasting emotions.

“Those with their experiences know what it’s like to stay in certain wards for days and says.

“Children are the joy of life, they give us strength and hope every day. We’re often faced with incidents of malice, envy and violence, so these children must be examples for us.

“My family are experiencing a period of happiness, which will last a long time. I wish for all the people in this cruel world to win their own battles. Italy will win for them too.

“We’ve restored enthusiasm after the 2016 European Championship and failure to qualify for Russia 2018.

“Now we have a precise identity.”

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