Chelsea midfielder Cesare Casdei lit up the Under-20 World Cup, bagging a brace and getting an assist for Italy in a 3-2 win over Brazil.

The 20-year-old played 15 times for Reading on loan last season, impressing supporters despite a disappointing relegation campaign.

Scoring a long-range goal against Blackburn Rovers, he was renowned for his driving runs and ability in the air.

Costing the Blues £15m last season, the former Inter Milan youngster was the standout in the Azzuri's opening group match in Argentina.

Yet to play a professional top-flight match, the international will be looking to impress the new incoming boss at Stamford Bridge- reportedly set to be former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino.

England begin their campaign tonight, facing Tunisia before Uruguay and Iraq.

Winners in 2017, a squad former Reading keeper Luke Southwood was involved in, former Royals defender Imari Samuels has travelled to South America in Ian Foster's squad.