AZZURRI

Leonardo Bonucci and Christian Maggio are confident Daniele De Rossi can do well as a centre-back for Italy against the Czech Republic.
Pablo Daniel Osvaldo is “always proud” to be called by Italy and explained “Roma wanted me to go” to Southampton.
Italy lost their first Under-21 European Championship qualifier, so Gigi Di Biagio “will make three or four changes” against Cyprus.
Daniele De Rossi was used in defence as Italy tested out a 3-5-2 system to face the Czech Republic on Tuesday.
Alessio Cerci has shaken off a knock and hopes to play in Italy-Czech Republic. “I want to prove my worth.”
Gianluigi Buffon will earn a record 136th cap in Turin on Tuesday, combining “my two great loves: Italy and Juventus.”
Antonio Candreva is ready to “double my efforts” this year for Lazio and Italy leading into the World Cup.
The Azzurri met with Minister for Integration Cecile Kyenge, who said they represent “the Italy of tomorrow.”
Italy captain Gigi Buffon sent a message of condolence to the families of two fans who died on their way to last night’s game in Palermo.
Medics are “optimistic” Lorenzo Insigne, Riccardo Montolivo and Alessio Cerci can face the Czech Republic on Tuesday.
Dani Osvaldo bagged a brace and Alessandro Diamanti also scored in Italy’s 3-0 friendly test ahead of the Czech Republic.
Davide Astori is glad his “season has finally started” after coming on for Italy, as he was benched by Cagliari.
Massimo Bruno is a star of the Belgium Under-21 side, but admits he is a Juventus fan and is “dreaming of an Italy call.”
Udinese Coach Francesco Guidolin put himself forward for the Italy job. “I’d like to lead the Nazionale.”
A row has erupted around Mattia Destro’s injury problems, as Roma and Italy Under-21 medical staff blame each other.
Christian Maggio admits Rafa Benitez’s tactics are “helpful” for his Italy performances in a four-man defence.
Bulgaria Coach Luboslav Penev believes his team “deserved to win” in their 1-0 defeat to Italy.
Cesare Prandelli was pleased with the win over Bulgaria and acknowledged Italy “are one step away from the World Cup.”
Ignazio Abate explained the injury that saw him stretchered off against Bulgaria, but wants to stay with the Italy squad.
Gianluigi Buffon was decisive against Bulgaria and can set an Italy record on Tuesday. “I have to earn my place.”
Italy have called Manuel Pasqual and Lorenzo De Silvestri to replace the injured Ignazio Abate and Luca Antonelli.
Lorenzo Insigne thanked Cesare Prandelli for “this opportunity” to make his first senior Italy start against Bulgaria.
Ignazio Abate and Luca Antonelli are out of Italy’s World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic, so Cesare Prandelli could call new players.
Leonardo Bonucci warned Italy “aren’t qualified yet” for the World Cup despite their 1-0 win over Bulgaria.
Alberto Gilardino scored his 19th Italy goal to beat Bulgaria, but is still “a little angry, as I could’ve scored a second.”