AZZURRI

Gianluigi Buffon could break a further two Serie A records before his planned retirement at the end of the season.
Former Inter President Massimo Moratti says Carlo Ancelotti is “without doubt perfect” for the next Italy CT.
Valencia Coach Marcelino says Simone Zaza has had a meniscus problem “for quite some time”, which kept him out of Italy’s play-off games.
Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini puts his success down to hard work - “I knew a lot of talents who didn’t make sacrifices to become the champions they could have been”.
Simone Inzaghi says he is ‘hopeful’ that Ciro Immobile can play in Saturday’s Derby della Capitale between Lazio and Roma.
Vincenzo Montella insists Milan “can hurt Napoli” on Saturday, despite the Partenopei “probably playing the best football in Europe.”
Sebastian Driussi’s agent claims the Zenit St Petersburg striker is open to an Italy call-up – but only if he does not receive one from Argentina.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has distanced himself from the vacant Italy job, admitting it would be “very difficult” for him to return.
Giampiero Ventura admits he feels “a sense of incompleteness” after his Italy failure but is backing his successor to take them “back where they belong.”
Valencia boss Marcelino admits Simone Zaza needs knee surgery after aggravating a meniscus tear while training with Italy.
Brazil and Roma icon Paulo Roberto Falcao urges Italians to stop ‘vilifying’ their young players and notes Carlo Ancelotti “is only missing a World Cup.”
Giorgio Squinzi has joined the calls for Carlo Tavecchio to resign and accused Giampiero Ventura of ignoring Sassuolo players when he was Italy CT.
Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly demanding reform in the FIGC before possibly accepting the Italy job.
Damiano Tommasi, head of the Italian Players’ Union, has called for Carlo Tavecchio to resign after branding the FIGC “not credible”.
Roberto Mancini ruled himself out of the running for the Italy job. “I’m not surprised I’m on the list, but I am happy at Zenit and am not thinking about the Nazionale.”
Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha admits it “hurt to see my idol Gigi Buffon so sad,” along with Ciro Immobile and Marco Parolo, after Italy missed the World Cup.
Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis warns even Carlo Ancelotti for Italy Coach “would be a gamble unless the entire system changes.”
There are reports Italy will call Sebastian Driussi for international duty, as the Zenit man has never played for Argentina at senior level.
Former Milan President Silvio Berlusconi has joined the chorus calling for Carlo Ancelotti to become the new Italy Coach. “He’d be the right man.”
Stephan El Shaarawy is distraught at Italy missing the World Cup, explains what happened on the touchline with Daniele De Rossi.
Leroy Rosenior said Daniele De Rossi urging Italy to introduce Lorenzo Insigne was “passionate, patriotic and he’s a braver man than me,” but fuels anarchy.
Marco Tardelli urged FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio to “have some dignity” and resign, but doubts a cap on foreign players would help.
Slovakia pipped Scotland to second place in their qualifying group, but they were eliminated as the worst runner-up.
The FIGC had reportedly booked a hotel in Russia for the World Cup, which could now be taken by Denmark after Italy failed to qualify.
Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini believes “the only way” to limit Barcelona's Lionel Messi is with teamwork - “if you try to anticipate his moves, you’re dead”.