Roberto Mancini gives an update on Ciro Immobile’s condition ahead of Italy-England and Monday’s trip to Hungary in the Nations League. ‘Everyone should be happy to wear the Azzurri jersey.’
It kicks off at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT) at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, also known as San Siro.
“Immobile is not in terrible condition, but we don’t want to risk him because we hope to get him back for Monday. We’ll make do with the players we have,” Mancini told RAI Sport.
“I expect a great game of football, because it’s always a special event between Italy and England.”
The supporters are angry and have not really turned up to this Nations League match, as they have not forgiven the Azzurri for failing to reach the 2022 World Cup.
“I think what we achieved before should help us to get through these difficult months. We always tried to give our best and play good football. Unfortunately, in sport there are moments when things don’t go your way and you suffer. Fortunately, this is only football.”
Mancini had commented in his press conference that perhaps some players are a little too eager to pull out of international duty the moment they feel a slight twinge.
“Everyone should be happy to wear the Azzurri jersey at all times. The Nazionale is something extraordinary. We have young players who are proud to be here and can’t wait to play for their country.
“Admittedly, there are times in the season when there are too many games and long journeys, probably too many, and there is going to be fatigue. However, the Nazionale must be helped, otherwise we’ll have even more problems than we already do.”