AZZURRI

Andrea Bertolacci insists Mario Balotelli is just another one of the group as the Liverpool striker returns to the Italy fold.
FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio has dismissed rumours that Mario Balotelli’s recall to the Italy squad was for sponsorship reasons.
Gianluigi Buffon and Daniele De Rossi were apparently told prior to Antonio Conte’s Italy announcement that Mario Balotelli would return to the Italy squad.
Mark Hateley has backed Antonio Conte for calling up Mario Balotelli for Italy’s upcoming games.
Carlo Tavecchio says that Antonio Conte has called up Mario Balotelli to ‘get to know’ the Liverpool forward.
Marco Verratti will be allowed to stay with the Italy squad after being given the all-clear by medical staff.
Antonio Conte has called on Mario Balotelli to prove his worth in the Italy squad following the striker’s return from the international wilderness.
Antonio Conte has encouraged his Italy squad to earn their spurs against Croatia and Albania, with so many established personnel absent.
Antonio Conte has defended the inclusion of Mario Balotelli in his latest Italy squad, claiming that the striker has a right ‘to be evaluated’.
Simone Zaza has says he’s delighted that Mario Balotelli has been recalled to the Italy squad, calling the Liverpool man ‘a champion’.
Emiliano Moretti has thanked Coach Giampiero Ventura and his Torino teammates after being called up to Antonio Conte’s latest Italy squad.
Mario Balotelli declared he is “proud to represent my country” after receiving an Italy recall against Croatia.
Sampdoria midfielder Roberto Soriano “always dreamed of the Azzurri jersey, even though I grew up in Germany.”
Mario Balotelli, Alessio Cerci, Roberto Soriano, Stephan El Shaarawy, Emiliano Moretti and Andrea Bertolacci are new names for Croatia.
Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne has sprained his knee with probable ligament damage, confirmed the club.
Alessandro Del Piero turns 40 today and the ex-Juventus legend celebrates with the Delhi Dynamos.
Antonio Conte will name his Italy squad to face Croatia and Albania, which could include Manolo Gabbiadini and Stephan El Shaarawy.
Marcello Lippi noted he’s finished as a club Coach, but the Guangzhou Evergrande director would like a national team job.
Arrigo Sacchi criticised Italy boss Antonio Conte and said Mario Balotelli “is not a football player,” but Zdenek Zeman “is a genius.”
Antonio Conte has warned Italy of the threat posed by Croatia on November 16, but promised a display of ‘determination, passion and enthusiasm’ from his players.
Former Bayern Munich goalkeeper Oliver Kahn has launched a stinging attack on Italian football after Roma’s two defeats to Bayern.
Demetrio Albertini launched a scathing attack on FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio. “Claudio Lotito wields more power.”
Gigi Di Biagio is “happy and optimistic” after Italy drew England, Portugal and Sweden in the Under-21 European Championship.
Italy will face England, Portugal and Sweden in the European Under-21 Championships in June 2015.
Italy’s Under-21s will discover later today which sides they’ll face in the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championships.