Watford's on-loan Udinese pair Cristian Battocchio and Matej Vydra add to international experience with Italy and Czech Republic

This Is Local London: Matej Vydra won his fourth senior cap for Czech Republic. Picture: Holly Cant Matej Vydra won his fourth senior cap for Czech Republic. Picture: Holly Cant

Watford’s on-loan midfielder Cristian Battocchio scored his first goal for Italy’s Under-20’s yesterday, as they thumped Switzerland 4-1.

Battocchio started in the centre of midfield for Italy and got the second goal after 11 minutes as the Azzurri cruised to victory despite having a man dismissed after half-an-hour.

Afterwards, the 20 year-old tweeted: “Italy 4 vs 1 Switzerland! Great win and very happy for my first goal in national”

Elsewhere in European friendly action, striker Matej Vydra helped the Czech Republic to a 3-1 win over Slovakia.

The Hornets' top scorer started on the bench but came on with 23 minutes remaining to help Michal Bilek’s side to a 3-0 victory, providing the assist for Borek Dockal’s debut strike.

Vydra has now won four full caps for the Czech Republic.

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10:49am Thu 15 Nov 12

mattymashup says...

I hope to see Christian play on saturday, pretty peeved that he is playing for hiss country and not for us! What a week for vydra! Really good assist last night.
I hope to see Christian play on saturday, pretty peeved that he is playing for hiss country and not for us! What a week for vydra! Really good assist last night. mattymashup

10:56am Thu 15 Nov 12

Smilingburkinshaw says...

Agreed, think he needs some game time. Really keen to see what he can offer!!!
Agreed, think he needs some game time. Really keen to see what he can offer!!! Smilingburkinshaw

10:57am Thu 15 Nov 12

Travelling Hornet says...

Now is the perfect time to play Battocchio !
His confidence must be sky high!
Straight swop for our man , Almen .
Now is the perfect time to play Battocchio ! His confidence must be sky high! Straight swop for our man , Almen . Travelling Hornet

11:23am Thu 15 Nov 12

Alexander Hilcroft says...

Travelling Hornet wrote:
Now is the perfect time to play Battocchio !
His confidence must be sky high!
Straight swop for our man , Almen .
Or Yeats
[quote][p][bold]Travelling Hornet[/bold] wrote: Now is the perfect time to play Battocchio ! His confidence must be sky high! Straight swop for our man , Almen .[/p][/quote]Or Yeats Alexander Hilcroft

11:30am Thu 15 Nov 12

Only 2 Ross Jenkins says...

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11:51am Thu 15 Nov 12

jimbowfc says...

I had a tour of the ground a few weeks ago, before the Boro match and Battocchio's shirt was hanging up along with the others in the changing room; there were 19 shirts so he obviously was being considered for the squad on that day, but did not make it.

My point is that he must be close to inclusion in the match day squad, and others have already said, maybe the time is right to bring him in, because of the injury to Abdi, and because after his successful appearance for Italy this week he will most likely be in the right frame of mind.
I had a tour of the ground a few weeks ago, before the Boro match and Battocchio's shirt was hanging up along with the others in the changing room; there were 19 shirts so he obviously was being considered for the squad on that day, but did not make it. My point is that he must be close to inclusion in the match day squad, and others have already said, maybe the time is right to bring him in, because of the injury to Abdi, and because after his successful appearance for Italy this week he will most likely be in the right frame of mind. jimbowfc

12:47pm Thu 15 Nov 12

D.unstable says...

Alexander Hilcroft wrote:
Travelling Hornet wrote: Now is the perfect time to play Battocchio ! His confidence must be sky high! Straight swop for our man , Almen .
Or Yeats
Come on Alex, are you sure about Yeates?, if you research the family name, I think they came from the lower classes only a century ago #not worthy
[quote][p][bold]Alexander Hilcroft[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Travelling Hornet[/bold] wrote: Now is the perfect time to play Battocchio ! His confidence must be sky high! Straight swop for our man , Almen .[/p][/quote]Or Yeats[/p][/quote]Come on Alex, are you sure about Yeates?, if you research the family name, I think they came from the lower classes only a century ago #not worthy D.unstable

1:03pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Watfordpete says...

jimbowfc wrote:
I had a tour of the ground a few weeks ago, before the Boro match and Battocchio's shirt was hanging up along with the others in the changing room; there were 19 shirts so he obviously was being considered for the squad on that day, but did not make it.

My point is that he must be close to inclusion in the match day squad, and others have already said, maybe the time is right to bring him in, because of the injury to Abdi, and because after his successful appearance for Italy this week he will most likely be in the right frame of mind.
Battochio was on the bench v Leicester. He was the 19th man then, stepping up when Ekstrand was injured in the warm up.
[quote][p][bold]jimbowfc[/bold] wrote: I had a tour of the ground a few weeks ago, before the Boro match and Battocchio's shirt was hanging up along with the others in the changing room; there were 19 shirts so he obviously was being considered for the squad on that day, but did not make it. My point is that he must be close to inclusion in the match day squad, and others have already said, maybe the time is right to bring him in, because of the injury to Abdi, and because after his successful appearance for Italy this week he will most likely be in the right frame of mind.[/p][/quote]Battochio was on the bench v Leicester. He was the 19th man then, stepping up when Ekstrand was injured in the warm up. Watfordpete

1:03pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Alexander Hilcroft says...

D.unstable wrote:
Alexander Hilcroft wrote:
Travelling Hornet wrote: Now is the perfect time to play Battocchio ! His confidence must be sky high! Straight swop for our man , Almen .
Or Yeats
Come on Alex, are you sure about Yeates?, if you research the family name, I think they came from the lower classes only a century ago #not worthy
Your point being?
[quote][p][bold]D.unstable[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alexander Hilcroft[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Travelling Hornet[/bold] wrote: Now is the perfect time to play Battocchio ! His confidence must be sky high! Straight swop for our man , Almen .[/p][/quote]Or Yeats[/p][/quote]Come on Alex, are you sure about Yeates?, if you research the family name, I think they came from the lower classes only a century ago #not worthy[/p][/quote]Your point being? Alexander Hilcroft

1:39pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Travelling Hornet says...

Alexander Hilcroft wrote:
D.unstable wrote:
Alexander Hilcroft wrote:
Travelling Hornet wrote: Now is the perfect time to play Battocchio ! His confidence must be sky high! Straight swop for our man , Almen .
Or Yeats
Come on Alex, are you sure about Yeates?, if you research the family name, I think they came from the lower classes only a century ago #not worthy
Your point being?
Who's family name. Yeates or Battocchio ?
You lost me!!
[quote][p][bold]Alexander Hilcroft[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]D.unstable[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alexander Hilcroft[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Travelling Hornet[/bold] wrote: Now is the perfect time to play Battocchio ! His confidence must be sky high! Straight swop for our man , Almen .[/p][/quote]Or Yeats[/p][/quote]Come on Alex, are you sure about Yeates?, if you research the family name, I think they came from the lower classes only a century ago #not worthy[/p][/quote]Your point being?[/p][/quote]Who's family name. Yeates or Battocchio ? You lost me!! Travelling Hornet

2:58pm Thu 15 Nov 12

DuffmanWFC says...

Battochino to start ahead of Yeates for me anytime, Maybe Murray will start too?
Battochino to start ahead of Yeates for me anytime, Maybe Murray will start too? DuffmanWFC

4:14am Fri 16 Nov 12

watford9140 says...

Only 2 Ross Jenkins wrote:
You may enjoy this video chaps (and ladies?)
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Neil Warnock CAM from saturday.
-
https://www.youtube.

com/watch?feature=pl

ayer_embedded&v=
PG3Z
cbE2U0w
i majorly enjoyed that! love the way he cares up until the 4th.... then jus gave up...
[quote][p][bold]Only 2 Ross Jenkins[/bold] wrote: You may enjoy this video chaps (and ladies?) - Neil Warnock CAM from saturday. - https://www.youtube. com/watch?feature=pl ayer_embedded&v= PG3Z cbE2U0w[/p][/quote]i majorly enjoyed that! love the way he cares up until the 4th.... then jus gave up... watford9140

7:58am Fri 16 Nov 12

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

watford9140 wrote:
Only 2 Ross Jenkins wrote:
You may enjoy this video chaps (and ladies?)
-
Neil Warnock CAM from saturday.
-
https://www.youtube.


com/watch?feature=pl


ayer_embedded&v=

PG3Z
cbE2U0w
i majorly enjoyed that! love the way he cares up until the 4th.... then jus gave up...
prefer the 47 mins "OMG, i've used all 3 subs" moment !
[quote][p][bold]watford9140[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Only 2 Ross Jenkins[/bold] wrote: You may enjoy this video chaps (and ladies?) - Neil Warnock CAM from saturday. - https://www.youtube. com/watch?feature=pl ayer_embedded&v= PG3Z cbE2U0w[/p][/quote]i majorly enjoyed that! love the way he cares up until the 4th.... then jus gave up...[/p][/quote]prefer the 47 mins "OMG, i've used all 3 subs" moment ! Mickey Quinn, not so thin

8:10am Fri 16 Nov 12

a1derek says...

Only 2 Ross Jenkins wrote:
You may enjoy this video chaps (and ladies?)
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Neil Warnock CAM from saturday.
-
https://www.youtube.

com/watch?feature=pl

ayer_embedded&v=
PG3Z
cbE2U0w
I wonder why comments are disabled!!
[quote][p][bold]Only 2 Ross Jenkins[/bold] wrote: You may enjoy this video chaps (and ladies?) - Neil Warnock CAM from saturday. - https://www.youtube. com/watch?feature=pl ayer_embedded&v= PG3Z cbE2U0w[/p][/quote]I wonder why comments are disabled!! a1derek

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