AZZURRI

Stephan El Shaarawy is looking forward to partnering Mario Balotelli against France tomorrow. “Now I have to prove my quality.”
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.”
Marco Materazzi was surprisingly nice about Zinedine Zidane, but blasted Rafa Benitez. “He thought he knew everything, but was afraid of his own shadow.”
Devis Mangia praised Italy’s second half performance in difficult circumstances, but acknowledged Spain were ruthless with any mistakes.
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.
France manager Didier Deschamps is “happy to be back in Italy” for tomorrow’s international friendly against the Azzurri.
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.
Parma boss Roberto Donadoni believes that Mario Balotelli could go on to be the best player in the world.
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli could decide to experiment with a 4-3-3 system in this week’s friendly against France.
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.”
Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne has pulled out of today’s Italian Under-21 friendly against Spain because of an injury.
Early indications suggest that Italy will face France on Tuesday with a strike force consisting of Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy.
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.
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.
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has praised Daniele De Rossi despite his expulsion from the national squad for the friendly with France.
Daniel Pablo Osvaldo has left Italy’s training camp ahead of the friendly with France because of an ankle injury.
Newcastle defender Davide Santon always believed he could get back into the Italian international set-up.
The agent of Giacomo Bonaventura believes that the Atalanta player is knocking at the door of national boss Cesare Prandelli.
Atalanta’s Federico Peluso has been added to the Italy squad after Domenico Criscito pulled out of the party.
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.
Cesare Prandelli names his Italy squad to face France this evening and admits he has been “pleasantly surprised” by Stephan El Shaarawy and Fiorentina.
Italy have named their squad for the friendly against Spain on Tuesday, including three new arrivals and the return of Lorenzo Insigne.
Pescara youngster Mattia Perin insists he isn’t ready for a top club or a place in the Italian national squad.
Cesare Prandelli’s Italian national side have moved up three places to fifth in the latest FIFA World Rankings.
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.