El Shaarawy: 'Ready for Balotelli'
Stephan El Shaarawy is looking forward to partnering Mario Balotelli against France tomorrow. “Now I have to prove my quality.”
Chiellini sees 'weird' Italy-France
Giorgio Chiellini is one of the few old hands starting tomorrow’s Italy-France friendly. “It’ll be weird without Gigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo.”
Materazzi blasts 'scared' Benitez
Marco Materazzi was surprisingly nice about Zinedine Zidane, but blasted Rafa Benitez. “He thought he knew everything, but was afraid of his own shadow.”
Mangia: 'Italy scared Spain'
Devis Mangia praised Italy’s second half performance in difficult circumstances, but acknowledged Spain were ruthless with any mistakes.
U-21: Spain beat unlucky Italy
Italy’s Under-21 side paid the price for defensive errors, but dominated the second half and were denied by a goalline clearance in their 3-1 friendly defeat to Spain.
Deschamps joy at Italy return
France manager Didier Deschamps is “happy to be back in Italy” for tomorrow’s international friendly against the Azzurri.
Prandelli names Italy-France XI
Cesare Prandelli has named his starting XI for Italy’s friendly with France, a 4-3-3 including Marco Verratti, Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy.
'Balotelli could be world's best'
Parma boss Roberto Donadoni believes that Mario Balotelli could go on to be the best player in the world.
Italy to try a 4-3-3?
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli could decide to experiment with a 4-3-3 system in this week’s friendly against France.
Santon on recall and Newcastle
Davide Santon is happy to be back in the Italian national squad, but he has no desire for a Serie A return. “I’m happy at Newcastle.”
Insigne leaves Under-21 squad
Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne has pulled out of today’s Italian Under-21 friendly against Spain because of an injury.
Italy possible XI v France
Early indications suggest that Italy will face France on Tuesday with a strike force consisting of Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy.
Mangia wary of Spain test
Italy Under-21 boss Devis Mangia has admitted that his side will come up against 'the best team in Europe' when they face Spain on Tuesday.
Immobile dreaming of Italy call-up
Genoa forward Ciro Immobile has admitted he dreams of being called up to the Italian national side after a goal-scoring start to the campaign.
Prandelli: No doubt over De Rossi
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has praised Daniele De Rossi despite his expulsion from the national squad for the friendly with France.
Osvaldo ruled out of Italy-France
Daniel Pablo Osvaldo has left Italy’s training camp ahead of the friendly with France because of an ankle injury.
Santon believed in Azzurri recall
Newcastle defender Davide Santon always believed he could get back into the Italian international set-up.
Bonaventura on Italy radar?
The agent of Giacomo Bonaventura believes that the Atalanta player is knocking at the door of national boss Cesare Prandelli.
Criscito out – Italy call Peluso
Atalanta’s Federico Peluso has been added to the Italy squad after Domenico Criscito pulled out of the party.
Italy squad to face France
Stephan El Shaarawy, Davide Santon and Alessandro Florenzi are in the Italy squad to face France in next week’s friendly, but Daniele De Rossi is dropped after his red card.
Prandelli: 'Surprising El Shaarawy'
Cesare Prandelli names his Italy squad to face France this evening and admits he has been “pleasantly surprised” by Stephan El Shaarawy and Fiorentina.
U-21 squad for Italy-Spain
Italy have named their squad for the friendly against Spain on Tuesday, including three new arrivals and the return of Lorenzo Insigne.
Perin not ready for big stage
Pescara youngster Mattia Perin insists he isn’t ready for a top club or a place in the Italian national squad.
Italy now fifth in the world
Cesare Prandelli’s Italian national side have moved up three places to fifth in the latest FIFA World Rankings.
Prandelli 'proud' of Italy reputation
Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli spoke about how “proud” he is to have changed the perception of calcio abroad with Euro 2012 and comments on Marco Verratti’s progress.
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