Balotelli: England aren't rivals for Italy
Mario Balotelli doesn’t believe that Italy’s Group D rivals England can win the World Cup.
Uruguay seek Suarez alternatives
Uruguay will tonight face Northern Ireland, with Oscar Tabarez set to experiment in Luis Suarez’s absence.
‘Rossi’s World Cup starts tomorrow’
Cesare Prandelli has reflected on Giuseppe Rossi’s bid to prove his fitness in time to make Italy’s World Cup squad: “In him I see something wonderful.”
Prandelli: No mistakes in the 23
Cesare Prandelli confirms Italy’s starting XI to play Republic of Ireland and reflected on the difficulty he faces in naming a final 23 for the World Cup.
Rossi to start against Ireland
Giuseppe Rossi is expected to be handed an opportunity to prove his fitness for Italy from the start of Saturday’s match with Republic of Ireland.
Costa Rica lose Saborio
Costa Rica have lost leading striker Alvaro Saborio for the World Cup, through an injury picked up in training.
Immobile to Dortmund tomorrow
Gazzetta Dello Sport report that Ciro Immobile’s transfer to Borussia Dortmund will be completed tomorrow.
Hodgson happy with England progress
England manager Roy Hodgson is pleased with what he has seen from his squad as they continue their preparations for the World Cup.
‘No rush for Aquilani renewal’
Alberto Aquilani’s agent says his client is happy with Fiorentina and that there is no rush for him to sign a new contract.
‘Rossi’s World Cup’
Riccardo Montolivo has expressed his hope that the upcoming World Cup will be Giuseppe Rossi’s time to shine.
Montolivo on Balo, Prandelli and Lippi
Riccardo Montolivo has praised Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli’s attention to detail, saying he leaves no stone unturned.
Montolivo eyes Italy surprise
Italy’s Riccardo Montolivo admits the Azzurri will not start the World Cup as favourites but wants his team to be surprise packages in Brazil.
Montolivo: I don’t know Pippo
Milan’s Riccardo Montolivo says he has no opinion of Pippo Inzaghi, who appears set to be appointed as Rossoneri Coach.
Lippi sees 2006 Italy similarities
Marcello Lippi says he sees similarities between the current Italy squad and that he won the 2006 World Cup with, as he wishes Cesare Prandelli good luck.
‘England should play like Liverpool’
Paul Scholes has urged Italy’s Group D opponents England to play at the World Cup in the same manner as Liverpool last season.
Maldini Snr sees Italy prospects
Cesare Maldini says that Italy ‘have good prospects’ heading out to the World Cup, but that Brazil remain outright favourites.
Lippi visits Italy training
World Cup winning-Coach Marcello Lippi was a notable guest at Italy’s Thursday morning training session at Coverciano.
Prandelli tests 4-4-2 and 4-3-1-2
Cesare Prandelli reportedly tested two formations in training with Italy yesterday, including a 4-4-2 with Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli.
Johnson: Suarez says he’ll be fit
England’s Glen Johnson says Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has told him he will be fit in time to face the Three Lions at the World Cup.
Del Piero: All doors open
Alessandro Del Piero says he is not closing the door to the possibility of moving to any club, including back to Juventus.
De Rossi praises captain Buffon
Daniele De Rossi has praised his Italy teammate and captain Gigi Buffon, saying the goalkeeper has an incredible winning mentality.
Buffon sets minimum Azzurri target
Italy captain Gigi Buffon says the quarter-finals are the minimum requirement for the Azzurri at this summer’s World Cup.
World Cup shapes Insigne intention?
Lorenzo Insigne’s contentment at Napoli may reportedly hinge on whether or not he makes Italy’s World Cup squad.
Suarez ‘positive’ on recovery
Luis Suarez has reportedly texted members of the England squad to indicate that he is on course to be fit for the World Cup.
Bonucci hails Prandelli extension
Leonardo Bonucci believes that Cesare Prandelli’s contract extension with the FIGC can only be good news.
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