AZZURRI

Cesare Prandelli has confirmed his starting XI against England, including Alessandro Diamanti and Mattia Destro. “They must prove they’re ready.”
Antonio Cassano has laughed off reports of international retirement. “I want to continue with the Nazionale at least until the 2014 World Cup.”
The Gazzetta dello Sport believe that Mattia Destro and Stephan El Shaarawy could be handed places in attack for Italy tomorrow.
Italy will wear specially designed shirts for their friendly this week with England to commemorate 30 years since lifting the World Cup of 1982.
Cesare Prandelli has explained the reasoning behind his young Italy selection and revealed that Mario Balotelli, when fit, will take a major role.
Mario Balotelli will miss Italy’s first fixture of the 2012-13 campaign, as conjunctivitis rules him out of Wednesday’s friendly with England.
Inter’s Samuele Longo is aiming to be better than Italy Under-21 teammate Mattia Destro one day.
England’s Joe Hart, Daniel Sturridge and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have withdrawn from the squad that will face Italy on Wednesday night due to injury.
Mattia Destro is “so proud” to receive a call-up for Italy’s match against England and is settling into his new Roma squad.
There are reports that Newcastle United’s Davide Santon is upset at being left out of Italy’s Under-21 match against Holland.
Goalkeeper Joe Hart is a major doubt to feature for England in Wednesday’s friendly against Italy.
Marco Verratti is “honoured” by his Italy call-up to face England and enjoyed his Ligue 1 debut with PSG.
The Italy Under-21 side has lost Alessandro Crescenzi and Riccardo Saponara for the friendly against Holland.
Atalanta are proud to see four of their players in the Italy squad for next week’s friendly against England. “It’s a record!”
Roberto Mancini admits Manchester City turned down “four or five” offers for Mario Balotelli. “Not just from Italy, also from France.”
Italy called up numerous young players for the friendly against England, so Under-21 Coach Devis Mangia had to readjust his squad for Holland.
Roy Hodgson has recalled Michael Carrick for the August 15 friendly between England and Italy.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has hailed Fabio Borini after the young Italian's whirlwind start to life on Merseyside.
Francesco Acerbi, Manolo Gabbiadini and Mattea De Sciglio are the notable inclusions in Cesare Prandelli’s Italy squad to face England.
FIGC President Giancarlo Abete laughed off reports Juventus could call in Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli. “I never worried about that.”
Despite reaching the European Championship Final this summer, Cesare Prandelli’s Italy are still ranked sixth in the world.
Italy’s 2014 World Cup qualifier in Armenia will be played in Yerevan on October 12, it has been confirmed.
Fabio Cannavaro, Marco Materazzi and Filippo Inzaghi all moved one step closer to becoming UEFA Pro Licence-qualified Coaches this week.
Giancarlo Antognoni has been robbed of some sentimental medals after thieves broke into his home.
Pablo Daniel Osvaldo wants to stay at Roma and win back his place in the Italy plans of boss Cesare Prandelli.