Rugani: I can’t believe I’m here
Empoli’s Daniele Rugani is still struggling to believe that he is been called up by Antonio Conte ahead of the games with Croatia and Albania.
Modric: Italy will miss Pirlo
Luka Modric recognises the importance of Croatia’s upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier with Italy, and also the absence of Andrea Pirlo in midfield.
Suarez: Chiellini bite harmless
Luis Suarez comments that biting Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup was a mistake but also harmless.
Verratti: I wanted to face Croatia
Marco Verratti has expressed his regret about not playing for Italy at San Siro when Croatia visits on Sunday night.
Chiellini discusses formation changes
Giorgio Chiellini has spoken about Juventus’ recent change to a back-four, and the differences between that and Antonio Conte’s back-three.
‘Italian defending will rise again’
Giorgio Chiellini believes Italian defending will once again return to being the envy of the world, as he praises the next generation.
Chiellini talks ‘generation gap’
Giorgio Chiellini sees a ‘generation gap’ in Italian football, with no-one to supplement the experienced veterans and promising youngsters in the Italy squad.
Chiellini: No problems with Balotelli
Giorgio Chiellini insists nobody in the Italy squad has a problem with Mario Balotelli returning to the fold.
Balotelli impresses with attitude
Mario Balotelli’s new hard-working attitude is impressing Italy’s players and staff alike, according to reports coming out of Coverciano.
Verratti leaves Italy camp
Marco Verratti has withdrawn from the Italy squad through injury, the Italian Football Federation has confirmed.
Maniero: 'Balo doesn't deserve call'
Mario Balotelli’s return to the Italy squad is a “broken promise” from Coach Antonio Conte, argues Pippo Maniero.
Nesta: 'Conte can help Balotelli'
Alessandro Nesta believes Italy Coach Antonio Conte can “put Mario Balotelli back on track.”
Balotelli adopts Conte look!
Mario Balotelli’s brother Enock Barwuah celebrated his Italy comeback with a remarkable picture.
Verratti still out of action
Marco Verratti is still not training with the rest of the Italy squad ahead of Sunday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Croatia.
Italy working with Zaza-Immobile
First indications from Italy training are that Antonio Conte will run with Simone Zaza and Ciro Immobile in attack, instead of Mario Balotelli.
Soriano: I feel Italian
Roberto Soriano insists he’s always felt like an Italian, ahead of a possible debut for the Azzurri against Croatia or Albania.
Bertolacci: Balotelli one of the group
Andrea Bertolacci insists Mario Balotelli is just another one of the group as the Liverpool striker returns to the Italy fold.
‘Balotelli was Conte’s choice’
FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio has dismissed rumours that Mario Balotelli’s recall to the Italy squad was for sponsorship reasons.
Buffon, De Rossi briefed on Balo
Gianluigi Buffon and Daniele De Rossi were apparently told prior to Antonio Conte’s Italy announcement that Mario Balotelli would return to the Italy squad.
‘Italy right medicine for Balo’
Mark Hateley has backed Antonio Conte for calling up Mario Balotelli for Italy’s upcoming games.
‘Conte to get to know Balotelli’
Carlo Tavecchio says that Antonio Conte has called up Mario Balotelli to ‘get to know’ the Liverpool forward.
Verratti injury fears allayed
Marco Verratti will be allowed to stay with the Italy squad after being given the all-clear by medical staff.
Conte hopes for Balotelli response
Antonio Conte has called on Mario Balotelli to prove his worth in the Italy squad following the striker’s return from the international wilderness.
Conte: Places up for grabs
Antonio Conte has encouraged his Italy squad to earn their spurs against Croatia and Albania, with so many established personnel absent.
Conte: Balotelli call for evaluation
Antonio Conte has defended the inclusion of Mario Balotelli in his latest Italy squad, claiming that the striker has a right ‘to be evaluated’.
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