AZZURRI

Mattia De Sciglio smiled at the “wonderful comparison” with Paolo Maldini after another self-assured performance for Italy.
Gigi Buffon saved a penalty in Malta on his 126th Italy cap, but is confident he can reach 150 and criticised the Azzurri for their attitude.
Riccardo Montolivo praised Mario Balotelli’s form, thanked Gigi Buffon and explained why Milan and Juventus dominate the Azzurri.
Morgan De Sanctis has confirmed he is retiring from international duty. “I leave Italy in good hands.”
Cesare Prandelli conceded it was not Italy’s finest hour, but praised Gigi Buffon and warned they were “lacking in intensity” in Malta.
Mario Balotelli bagged a brace as Italy earned a 2-0 World Cup qualifying victory in Malta, but Gigi Buffon had to save a penalty.
Napoli goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis has announced his international retirement on his 36th birthday. “This is my last time with the Nazionale.”
Italy face Malta in tonight’s World Cup qualifier with a starting XI entirely made up of Juventus and Milan players.
The Czech Republic secured a 3-0 victory away to Armenia in Italy’s World Cup group, while tonight there is Denmark-Bulgaria and Malta-Italy.
Sampdoria captain Daniele Gastaldello has claimed that he is focusing entirely on his performances for the club, despite rumours of a national team call-up.
Sampdoria’s Lorenzo De Silvestri has admitted that becoming a regular in the Giro Azzurro is still in his thoughts.
Italy Under-21's defeated their Ukrainian counterparts 1-0 in a friendly at Bassano del Grappa this evening.
Malta captain Michael Mifsud has claimed that Italy 'must not frighten' his side when they lay each other tomorrow evening.
Cesare Maldini says that Cesare Prandelli is doing a fabulous job as head Coach of the Italian national side.
Ignazio Abate has conceded that he expects Malta to cause Italy some problems in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier.
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli says he has one doubt about his starting XI that will face Malta in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.
Cesare Prandelli could decide to field an Italian starting XI against Malta made up solely of players from Juventus and Milan.
Italy will look to maintain their 100 per cent record against Malta when the two teams meet in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.
Gianluigi Buffon agrees with Kevin-Prince Boateng that “racism in football is like malaria and must be wiped out, but it’s different from general mickey-taking.”
Lazio goalkeeper Federico Marchetti is back in full training with the Italy squad after an injury scare.
Devis Mangia demands “improvements” as Italy go into their final pre-European Under-21 Championship friendly against Ukraine tomorrow.
Italy’s training session today suggested a 4-3-3 system against Malta with Alessio Cerci, Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy.
Malta manager Pietro Ghedin insists this country’s football is improving and prepares to face Italy, “one of the top five teams in the world.”
The referee assigned to Italy’s World Cup qualifier with Malta is Dutch official Serdar Gozubuyuk.
Mario Balotelli held a rare Press conference today ahead of Italy’s World Cup qualifier with Malta, covering subjects such as racism, arrogance and his biggest regret.