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Ex-Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira has dismissed Italy as Euro 2020 contenders despite their second successive 3-0 win.

The Azzurri recorded back-to-back victories in Group A to become the first nation to qualify for the knockout stages.

Although captain Georgio Chiellini's early opener was harshly ruled out for handball, Roberto Mancini's men stormed to a win in Rome thanks to a brace from midfielder Manuel Locatelli and a late sealer by striker Ciro Immobile.

Locatelli scored either side of the break as the Azzurri comprehensively picked up three points and continued their perfect record.

The match was Italy's 10th victory in a row and their 29th consecutive match unbeaten.

The Italians are also on a run of 31 goals scored without reply, and many are tipping Mancini's team to win the tournament as they've been installed as the third-favourites behind England and France.

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Not everyone is believing the hype, however, including Vieira.

Speaking while on punditry duty alongside old arch-enemy Roy Keane and Gary Neville for ITV last night, the Frenchman said: "I think the first two games that they've played were two easy games.

"I don't really think they've been really tested.

"Of course… you have to [beat] what is in front of you, but I still have doubts that they can go to the end."

Vieira won the European Championships with France in 2000, following a World Cup triumph on home soil two years earlier, and has identified which areas he thinks the Azzurri lack in ahead of the knockout stages.

Mancini has crafted a well-oiled Italian machine after taking over in 2018, winning 23 of his 32 fixtures
(Image: Pool via REUTERS)

"I believe that they lack intensity, lack power, pace, to be even more dangerous going forward," explained the former midfield general.

"I think it's still a bit too early to take Italy into consideration, that they can go to the end."

Neville is in the same line of thinking as Vieira, expressing his own reservations following the 3-0 romp.

"Italy were not in trouble all night, the worry for Italy is that they've not been tested," claimed the ex-England right-back.

"Italy are achieving their maximum, but I agree with Patrick, I feel they will fall short – they do everything they do well, though."

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Neville then noted what could make Mancini and co difficult to deal with during the latter stages.

"You know they will give their all, they fill the areas, fill the box, midfield runners," he listed.

"They are a passionate team and it will be interesting to see how they do against a good team."

The Azzurri will face Wales on Sunday, who dispatched Turkey 2-0 in Baku yesterday, and the Italians are aiming to become the first team to win all three Euros group games since Germany in 2012.

Italy reached the final that year but were beaten 4-0 by Spain's golden generation in Kyiv.

Mancini has lost just twice in his 32 matches as manager (his first international post), those being a 1-0 UEFA Nations League loss to eventual winners and current European champions Portugal, and his second game in charge, a 3-1 friendly defeat to world champions France.

30 games without losing is an Italian record that's stood for almost a century after Vittorio Pozzo's Azzurri achieved the feat in the 1930s, but that tally could be equalled next time out.

Italy, should they win Group A, are set to face the second-placed side in Group C at Wembley in the round-of-16, but would also face a runner-up if they were to be beaten by Wales and finish second themselves, this time from Group B in Amsterdam.

Either match will be played next Saturday, June 26.