AZZURRI

Italy legend Andrea Pirlo believes calcio must “regenerate” before the Azzurri can return to the top of the world.
Paolo Maldini isn’t sure he’ll have a post-retirement career in football, as he could only ever work for Milan or Italy.
Zenit St Petersburg Coach Roberto Mancini is not only an option for Italy, but also Australia, as the Socceroos want him for the 2018 World Cup.
Andrea Barzagli has agreed a contract renewal with Juventus to June 2019 and will play on until his 38th birthday, it’s reported.
FIGC candidate Gabriele Gravina has praised rival Damiano Tommasi but is keeping tight-lipped about joining forces with the former Roma midfielder.
Former Italy CT Cesare Prandelli has been sacked by Al-Nasr, the Emirati club has confirmed.
Edgar Davids believes Juventus will win the Scudetto this season, and wants “Italian football must start from scratch”.
Italy have stayed 14th in the latest FIFA World Rankings, sandwiched between Colombia and Croatia.
Marco Verratti’s former agent says the Paris Saint-Germain star “swept me aside like a grain of sand” and “no longer exists for me”.
Antonio Conte is seriously considering a return to the Italy bench after his spell at Chelsea, according to reports.
Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon insists “there’s no perfect recipe” for success.
Italy will play their friendly against Argentina at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on March 22 or 23, it’s reported.
Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur says Gianluigi Buffon was “physically ill” after Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup.
FIGC presidential candidate Damiano Tommasi says the fact he had an illustrious playing career “is seen as a defect”.
The Italian national team’s decline began after victory in the 2006 World Cup, according to Udinese Coach Massimo Oddo.
Italy legend Dino Zoff believes Genoa’s Mattia Perin is the “future of the Nazionale” and not Gianluigi Donnarumma.
FIGC Presidential candidate Damiano Tommasi warns giving the role to Lazio chief Claudio Lotito “is not the response we need to Italy-Sweden.”
Jorginho is focused on playing for Italy and winning with Napoli, said his agent, but in June “we’ll see what offers arrive.”
Roberto Mancini says “it would be an honour” to take the Italy job - “I could always return to clubs after the national team”.
Luigi Di Biagio will be in charge for Italy’s friendlies against England and Argentina, according to FIGC candidate Damiano Tommasi.
Departing FIGC chief Carlo Tavecchio admits “it’s difficult for the new Italy CT to be appointed before June.”
Ex-Inter striker Jurgen Klinsmann says “the city of Milan must go back to being the capital of football” and describes Italy’s World Cup no-show as a ‘disaster’.
Former France player Willy Sagnol blamed teammate Sylvain Wiltord for drawing attention to Zinedine Zidane’s 2006 World Cup Final headbutt on Marco Materazzi.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte warns “I won’t forget” Jose Mourinho’s jibe about his ban for failure to report match fixing.
It’s thought the FIGC is considering Antonio Conte, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Mancini for the position of Italy CT.