AZZURRI

Napoli star Marek Hamsik is in the stands in Poznan for Italy-Croatia. “I hope and believe that Italy will win.”
Cesare Prandelli goes into Italy’s second game of Euro 2012, against Croatia, with the same starting XI that held Spain to a draw on Sunday.
Cesare Prandelli will wait until the last possible moment before telling his players the starting line-up for this evening’s match with Croatia.
Despite some doubts, boss Cesare Prandelli is expected to field the same Italy side that faced Spain in today’s game against Croatia.
Italy should start with Antonio Di Natale in Thursday’s Euro 2012 game against Croatia, says Salvatore Schillaci.
A gay rights association in Italy has called for Antonio Cassano to be dropped after his homophobic comments. “It was horrible and vulgar.”
It’s reported Ignazio Abate needed five stitches to his face after an accidental collision in today’s Italy training session.
Andrea Pirlo is confident Italy are “aware of our strength” going into tomorrow’s game with Croatia. “With these components, we can go far.”
Cesare Prandelli said he has “just one doubt” on who to field against Croatia tomorrow, but refused to confirm or deny whether Mario Balotelli risked the chop.
Croatia manager Slaven Bilic has no fear of facing Italy tomorrow. “Luka Modric is better than Andrea Pirlo.”
Davide Astori has his sights set on World Cup 2014 after the Cagliari stopper just missed out on Euro 2012 selection.
Juventus’ Simone Pepe admits that he would have liked to have been part of the Italy squad at Euro 2012 – but he’s happy for Emanuele Giaccherini.
Antonio Cassano has released a statement attempting to calm the furore over his statements. “I am not homophobic and didn’t want to offend anyone.”
Christian Maggio feels Italy’s opening draw with Spain was “very good for our self-esteem” going into games with Croatia and the Republic of Ireland.
As expected, Antonio Cassano’s homophobic statements in a Press conference today brought a wave of condemnation from the Italian media.
Antonio Cassano laughs at being Mario Balotelli’s “tutor,” warns he’d quit Milan if they sold Thiago Silva, but shocked with homophobic comments.
Italy have been handed a boost with the news that Andrea Barzagli is back training with the main group, after a calf strain.
UEFA have confirmed that they will investigate two separate reports of racist abuse towards players at Euro 2012, one of whom was Italy’s Mario Balotelli.
English referee Howard Webb will take charge of Thursday’s Group C Euro 2012 game between Italy and Croatia.
Italy will go into the Croatia game on Thursday in the knowledge that they have won just one of their last 10 games – in normal time – at major tournaments.
Ciro Ferrara expects to continue his adventure as Coach of the Italian Under-21 national side.
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli insists that his side have no other option but to beat Croatia in Thursday’s Euro 2012 game.
Jose Mourinho has praised the defensive performance of Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi during Italy’s 1-1 draw with Spain.
Udinese chief Gianpaolo Pozzo is delighted that club captain Antonio Di Natale scored in Italy’s 1-1 draw with Spain.
Italian Football Federation Vice-President Demetrio Albertini believes that Spain and the Azzurri are still favourites to progress from Euro 2012 Group C.