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Cristian Volpato has rejected the Socceroos  Youngster has chosen to play for Italy U20s  Graham Arnold says the youngster must want to play for Australia 

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Socceroos coach Graham Arnold has revealed that Cristian Volpato has rejected selection in Australia's squad to instead play for Italy's under-20 team next month.

Arnold's quest to entice the Sydney-born, Italy-based Volpato to pledge his allegiance to Australia hit another hurdle when the Sassuolo attacking midfielder turned down the chance to play for the Socceroos against Bangladesh and Palestine next month.

'I've been in touch with a Christian and his mother, and the kid has chosen to play for Italy in this camp in under 20s in a tournament,' Arnold said on Wednesday after his announcing is latest 25-man squad.

'I'm always in contact and I'm encouraging him to play for Australia, but at the same time the kid has to want to, and his mum and his dad have to want that as well.

Cristian Volpato has rejected the opportunity to play for Australia

Cristian Volpato has rejected the opportunity to play for Australia

The youngster has instead chosen to represent Italy's Under-20s team

The youngster has instead chosen to

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