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Zlatan Ibrahimovic feels his absence “lowered the level” of the Sweden squad, but Italy must make better use of Marco Verratti.
Leonardo Bonucci warned Italy that “missing out on the World Cup is not an option” ahead of their crunch play-off with Sweden.
Zenit St Petersburg defender Domenico Criscito “would be very happy to come to Napoli, but it’s unlikely,” said his agent.
Mauro Camoranesi trusts Italy will beat Sweden in the World Cup play-off, but insists Antonio Di Natale was more “technically-gifted” than Andrea Pirlo.
Leonardo Spinazzola pulled up during Italy’s training session today and is in doubt for the World Cup play-off with Sweden.
Brazil “intended to call Jorginho in March,” reveals his agent, but the Napoli midfielder is committed to Italy, especially for the future.
Italy’s Under-21 side has called up replacements for injured Davide Calabria and Kevin Bonifazi for Tuesday’s friendly against Russia.
Sweden’s Serie A based players Emil Krafth and Marcus Rohden will “trash-talk” Marco Verratti and Lorenzo Insigne in the World Cup playoff.
Andrea Pirlo sent a thank you message to football fans after hanging up his boots. “I would never have imagined” such a response.
Italy tested the 3-5-2 formation again, as Eder and Simone Zaza battle to partner Ciro Immobile against Sweden, dropping Lorenzo Insigne.
Daniele De Rossi praises Andrea Pirlo’s “exceptional career”, as well as calling him “a true friend”.
Ciro Immobile comes to the defence of Italy CT Giampiero Ventura - “I know him well, he just needs time”.
Iker Casillas sees Gianluigi Donnarumma as the heir to Gigi Buffon, but hopes the Juventus veteran keeps playing.
Italy's Daniele De Rossi admits he’s glad Sweden don’t have Zlatan Ibrahimovic anymore - “at 40 with a broken leg I’d never want Ibra against me”.
Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi claims “cold blood will be needed” against Sweden in the World Cup playoffs.
Today is the 75th birthday of Inter legend Sandro Mazzola, a European Championship winner with Italy.
Roberto Mancini says “I’d be ready” if the Italy job became available and is backing Inter for the Scudetto.
Gianluigi Buffon assures the Italy squad “have total confidence” in Giampiero Ventura but admits Euro 2004 with Sweden was “a huge disappointment”.
Raymond Domenech says it would not be a ‘tragedy’ if Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup but admits Marco Materazzi was his best opponent.
Roma defender Emerson Palmieri insists he is “only thinking” about playing for Italy. “A man must only have his word…”
Sebastian Giovinco’s agent says his client ‘doesn’t know what to do’ to earn an Italy recall.
Italy will reportedly return to a 3-5-2 formation for the crucial World Cup play-off with Sweden.
Patrice Evra describes former Juventus teammate Andrea Pirlo as “the only player with a hand in place of a foot”.
Italy have been given an official warning by FIFA for delaying the kick-off in their match against Macedonia.
Gennaro Gattuso says watching Milan teammate Andrea Pirlo made him want to “change profession”.