AZZURRI

Italy suffered a World Cup shock when beaten 1-0 by Costa Rica, who qualify for the knockout stages.
Julio Cesar insists his Brazil teammate Neymar “is a better player than Mario Balotelli and more mature.”
Gigi Buffon, Thiago Motta and Ignazio Abate step into the Italy side to face Group D leaders Costa Rica.
Former Milan Coach Max Allegri says Andrea Pirlo’s departure from San Siro in 2011 was a decision made by both the player and club.
Sky Sport Italia report that Andrea Barzagli has shaken off injury concerns and will start for Italy against Costa Rica today.
Thiago Motta, Ignazio Abate and Gianluigi Buffon are speculated as Italy’s three new faces to come in to face Costa Rica today.
Italy continue to pressure for time-outs to be sanctioned for today’s match with Costa Rica, but the rules indicate they may be unsuccessful.
Cesare Prandelli is confident his Italy team are ready for their World Cup match against Costa Rica but has called for drink breaks to be implemented.
Cesare Prandelli has called for Mario Balotelli to retain his focus as Italy continue their quest for World Cup glory.
Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli expects Spain to be back among world football’s elite within two months.
Cesare Prandelli has revealed both Gigi Buffon and Andrea Barzagli will play against Costa Rica if they respond well to training tomorrow morning.
Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli is wary of the threat tomorrow’s World Cup opponents Costa Rica will pose his side.
Mario Balotelli has insisted that he just wants to focus on the World Cup, not his own personal future.
Luca Antonini has revealed that he was shocked to see Genoa teammate Alberto Gilardino not in Italy’s World Cup squad.
Italy have trained for the first time in Recife ahead of their game against Costa Rica tomorrow.
Jose Mourinho has urged Mario Balotelli to ‘understand his full potential’ and take this World Cup by storm.
Daniele De Rossi doesn’t quite see himself as ‘Italy’s toughest midfielder’, choosing instead to describe his style as ‘physical’ and ‘fair’.
Daniele De Rossi has considered Italy’s ‘Tikitalia’ nickname and talks of the importance in the Azzurri holding a ‘strong core’ of players.
Italy will shortly leave their training base and head out to Recife ahead of tomorrow’s afternoon clash with Costa Rica.
Thiago Motta appreciates Italy’s new dual playmaker system and is ready to replace Marco Verratti against Costa Rica.
Thiago Motta insists he has no regrets about choosing to play for Italy rather than Brazil. “I feel Italian.”
There are rumours emerging from the Italy camp that Andrea Barzagli will miss the game with Costa Rica.
Gigi Buffon and Mattia De Sciglio trained with the full team, as Italy fly out tomorrow morning to face Costa Rica.
Daniele De Rossi has revealed his idol as a youngster was always former Manchester United player Roy Keane.
Daniele De Rossi believes Italy are getting closer to being at the level of world champions Spain.