AZZURRI

Leo Messi is out of Italy-Argentina due to injury, but he was inspired by meeting Pope Francis. “Respect is the basis of everything.”
Both Mario Balotelli and Lionel Messi are out of Wednesday’s Italy-Argentina friendly.
Gigi Buffon praised the Pope for “helping us to be better,” while Mario Balotelli was visibly moved by their private meeting.
Pope Francis met with the Italy and Argentina squads ahead of tomorrow’s game. “Luckily it’s a friendly, otherwise I wouldn’t know who to support!”
Juventus and Italy defender Andrea Barzagli has been ruled out of Wednesday’s friendly against Argentina.
Milan’s Mario Balotelli is a doubt for Wednesday’s international friendly between Italy and Argentina.
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has conceded that Wednesday’s friendly against Argentina will be ‘special’.
Lazio’s Lucas Biglia will be part of the Argentina squad to face Italy this week, and the midfielder has admitted it will be ‘a great challenge’.
Roma star Erik Lamela can’t wait for the “double emotion” of playing Italy-Argentina and meeting Pope Francis.
Lionel Messi is at risk for Argentina’s friendly with Italy in Rome due to a muscular problem.
Giuseppe Rossi admits it would be “an absolute dream to play at the World Cup,” but first he must prove himself at Fiorentina.
Alberto Gilardino and Luca Antonelli are “very happy” to be in the Italy side against Argentina.
Roberto Insigne and Kingsley Boateng are in Italy’s Under-20 squad for the Four Nations tournament.
Pablo Daniel Osvaldo has been recalled for Italy’s friendly against Argentina, plus Under-21 stars Lorenzo Insigne and Marco Verratti.
Gigi Di Biagio has dropped Francesco Fedato from Italy’s Under-21 side after he violated the code of ethics.
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta understands why he hasn’t been picked for Italy since the Final of Euro 2012.
Lorenzo Insigne has three targets for the new campaign – to sign a new contract, have a great season for Napoli and earn a spot at Brazil 2014.
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has explained why he was so desperate to organise a friendly against Argentina in honour of the new Pope.
Gigi Di Biagio has called up his first Italy Under-21 squad for a friendly against Slovakia on August 14.
The Italian Football Federation have confirmed October’s World Cup qualifier against Armenia will be staged in Naples.
Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne will be included in the Italy squad for the August 14 friendly against Argentina.
England are looking for a new Under-21 manager and it’s rumoured ex-Italy boss Devis Mangia is among the candidates.
Alessandro Del Piero is back in Italy for pre-season training with Sydney FC and wishes Carlos Tevez “all the best” at Juventus.
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli insists Antonio Cassano could still have a future with the national side.
Fiorentina’s Giuseppe Rossi admits he is targeting a return to the Italian national side following his injury nightmare.