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Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli has reportedly pulled out of the Italy squad with a muscle injury.
Italy CT Roberto Mancini is reportedly tracking foreign-born Sebastian Driussi, Ignacio Pussetto and Luiz Felipe.
Domenico Berardi was again trialled as a false nine by Italy, but Ciro Immobile is expected to lead the line against Portugal instead.
Patrick Cutrone can’t believe England beat Italy at Under-21 level when “we created so many more chances,” but is ready to replace Gonzalo Higuain at Milan.
Moise Kean was on target for the Italy Under-21 side against England, but admits he doesn’t know if he’ll leave Juventus in January.
Coach Gigi Di Biagio insists he is “satisfied despite the result” after Italy’s Under-21 side lost 2-1 to England in a friendly.
Dominic Solanke’s brace gave England the 2-1 friendly win in Ferrara, as Moise Kean’s header was the only one of the Italy Under-21 team’s many chances to go in.
Lorenzo Pellegrini is making his dreams come true for both Roma and Italy. “I really liked Daniele De Rossi when I was a kid. Now he is my friend and teammate.”
Gianluigi Donnarumma admits he was “too embarrassed to talk to Cristiano Ronaldo” and is proud to represent Italy against Portugal.
Portugal have called up Real Sociedad defender Kevin Rodrigues for their Nations League games against Italy and Poland, replacing Andre Gomes.
Roberto Mancini has still not decided who to use in attack against Portugal, as Ciro Immobile and Domenico Berardi are both tested.
West Ham United defender Angelo Ogbonna could return to Serie A for Roma or Milan, it’s reported.
Italy CT Roberto Mancini confirms the objective was “to reach the final phase of the Nations League”.
Cagliari striker Leonardo Pavoletti is in doubt for Italy’s games against Portugal and USA due to a muscular problem.
It’s reported Giacomo Bonaventura and Milan have decided he requires knee surgery, so will be out for three to five months.
Dutch referee Danny Makkelie will officiate Italy’s Nations League match with Portugal on Saturday evening.
Ciro Immobile is increasingly likely to lead the Italy attack against Portugal with Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Chiesa, while over 62,000 tickets have been sold.
Napoli full-back Sebastiano Luperto has pulled out of the Italy Under-21 squad with a muscular injury.
Former FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio denies Giampiero Ventura tried to resign as Italy CT - “if he had I’d have accepted it…”
Italy Under-21 Coach Luigi Di Biagio declares “we know England well”, and warns “they’re no longer just 4-4-2 and running”.
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Former Fiorentina and Genoa striker Giuseppe Rossi could reportedly restart his career in Serie C with Juve Stabia.
Lorenzo Insigne admits “Napoli have to win something” this season, and believes in Italy’s Nations League chances.
Lorenzo Insigne believes Napoli Coach Carlo Ancelotti and Italy CT Roberto Mancini are similar - “they manage the same way, they think in the same way”.
FIGC President Gabriele Gravina has thrown his backing behind Italy CT Roberto Mancini. “His work is starting to yield important results.”