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Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij has been sent home from the Dutch camp due to an ankle injury, missing the friendly with Italy.
Italy striker Andrea Belotti assures he “will stay at Torino next season. Let the Granata fans know!”
Juventus and Italy legend Gigi Buffon celebrated his 1,000th official match by pledging to be “ready to celebrate 2,000 appearances.”
Andrea Pirlo is impressed with the “quality generation” of Italy players coming through, including Marco Verratti, but “Gigi Buffon is still the best.”
There are rumours the Netherlands could sack Coach Danny Blind even before Tuesday’s friendly with Italy in Amsterdam.
The entire Italy squad had dinner at a restaurant owned by Luciano Spalletti, Alberto Gilardino and Dario Dainelli.
The Netherlands host Italy in a friendly on Tuesday evening, but they suffered a shock 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat in Bulgaria.
Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma is expected to start in goal for Italy in Tuesday’s friendly against the Netherlands.
Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli has left the Italy camp ahead of Tuesday’s friendly with the Netherlands.
Thomas Strakosha “made the right choice by going to Lazio, which is fortunate because he was about to join Cardiff City,” said the Albania international’s father.
Marco Verratti has faith Juventus can knock Barcelona out of the Champions League after his Paris Saint-Germain came so close.
Gigi Buffon celebrated his 1,000th match with a 2-0 victory over Albania and assured Italy that Spain “are not unbeatable. We have to believe.”
Ciro Immobile thanked Davide Zappacosta for the cross as he scored in Italy’s 2-0 win over Albania. “It’s always a pleasure with this squad.”
Gianni De Biasi felt Albania “had a more than acceptable performance” in their 2-0 defeat to Italy, “but I was really upset with the throwing of fireworks.”
Napoli defender Elseid Hysaj was unhappy with the referee after Albania’s 2-0 defeat to Italy. “It’s just the result that let us down.”
Daniele De Rossi said it is “a pleasure to play alongside Marco Verratti” and he can see a strong Italy side forming after the win over Albania.
Marco Verratti admits he is still learning “what the Coach wants” in Giampiero Ventura’s Italy after a 2-0 victory over Albania.
Giampiero Ventura is confident Italy “have everything in place to have a strong future” after their 2-0 victory over Albania.
Daniele De Rossi’s penalty and a Ciro Immobile header gave Italy the 2-0 victory over Albania, but play was suspended due to visiting fans throwing fireworks.
Giampiero Ventura is impressed by Italy’s young strikers, but wants the Serie A season brought forward to better prepare for Spain.
Albania Coach Gianni De Biasi can’t wait for tonight’s showdown with Italy to see “how important it’ll be to continue our World Cup dream.”
Join us for all the build-up, action and post-match comments from Italy’s World Cup qualifier against Gianni De Biasi’s surprising Albania.
Italy go 4-2-4 against Gianni De Biasi’s Albania in tonight’s World Cup qualifier, starting Marco Verratti, Lorenzo Insigne, Andrea Belotti, Ciro Immobile and Antonio Candreva.
Roma veteran Francesco Totti has revealed the profession he pursued before he became a footballer – a petrol attendant.
Italy Commissario Tecnico Giampiero Ventura has announced his 23-man squad that will face Albania and the Netherlands.