Fabio Borini praised Italy U21 coach Devis Mangia after firing the Azzurrini into the Euros final.
Liverpool forward Borini had been a huge doubt to feature in this tournament at all due to a series of injuries.
"Mangia was right to wait for me, although I made sure I was available too. I managed to recover quickly as I really wanted to be here and wanted to prove it was possible to emerge from a difficult situation.
"Will someone watch my performance and feel regret? I can only say they should've thought about that earlier. That's true for me as it is for all of my Under-21 teammates.
"Don't forget I went abroad because I had more chance of playing in the top flight."