Jorginho joked about his penalty record, but confessed Italy “wanted this so much, especially considering the horrible times we went through.”

The Azzurri failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, but secured their place at Euro 2020 with seven wins out of seven in Group J, including tonight’s 2-0 victory over Greece.

“It’s a fantastic result, especially considering all the horrible times we went through two years ago. We deserved this achievement and are truly happy, because we wanted it so much and we fought for it,” he told Rai Sport.

Jorginho was told he has a 93.7 per cent success rate from the spot during his professional career.

“Are you trying to bring me bad luck?!” he laughed. “I trained hard on penalties, but I’m happier with the result for the team, as it’s great that we won and deserved the victory.

“We’re proving ourselves to be a good group of players, we’re all on the same page and it’s fun to work in those circumstances.

“The Olimpico crowd was excellent tonight and I am sure it’ll be even more passionate next June. We’ll do everything to entertain the supporters, as it’s wonderful to play in that atmosphere.”

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