Pirlo to start against Azerbaijan
Antonio Conte is expected to run a heavily Juventus-influenced Italy XI against Azerbaijan, including Andrea Pirlo.
‘Balotelli must show Conte hunger’
Emanuele Giaccherini has advised Mario Balotelli to ‘show a little more hunger’ in order to break into Antonio Conte’s Italy squad.
‘Pirlo important to dressing room’
Commissario Tecnico Antonio Conte has remarked at Andrea Pirlo’s importance to Italy even just in the dressing room.
Conte: No easy games for Italy
Antonio Conte has warned his Italy players not to take their Euro 2016 qualification for granted, as he pays respect to Azerbaijan.
Pirlo: Return down to Conte
Andrea Pirlo says that Antonio Conte is the only Coach who could have convinced him to return to the Italy set-up.
‘Verratti out against Azerbaijan’
Enrico Castellacci confirms Marco Verratti is out against Azerbaijan, allays Giorgio Chiellini concerns and details Dani Osvaldo and Thiago Motta injuries.
FIGC ‘ready to trial technology’
FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio has put Italy forward to FIFA to trial the introduction of video technology in football.
Di Biagio: Italy aim to win, but…
Luigi Di Biagio admits his Italy Under-21 side are going to Slovakia to win tomorrow, but he warns them against complacency.
Vogts: Italy will get many chances
Berti Vogts expresses his fondness for Italy and asserts they will have ‘many chances’ to defeat his Azerbaijan, but that his players will hold no fear.
Italy lose Thiago Motta, Osvaldo
Italy have been handed a further double injury blow with the withdrawal from Antonio Conte’s squad of Thiago Motta and Dani Osvaldo.
Borini eyeing Italy place
Fabio Borini has revealed he intends to take advantage of the new-look Italy set-up once he has broken into the Liverpool first team.
Candreva or Darmian vs Azerbaijan
It’s reported Antonio Candreva and Matteo Darmian are battling for one starting spot in Italy’s qualifier with Azerbaijan.
Ghedin: 'Malta brave with Italy'
Malta Coach Pietro Ghedin warns his team will be no pushovers against Italy in Monday’s Euro 2016 qualifier.
Oriali: 'Unites Conte and Mourinho'
Italy team manager Lele Oriali compared Coach Antonio Conte to Jose Mourinho, but “the doors are not closed” for Mario Balotelli.
Rugani: 'Wonderful Italy experience'
Empoli defender Daniele Rugani thanked Antonio Conte for “a wonderful experience” after being recalled by the Under-21 squad.
Pelle: 'My Van Gaal prank'
Graziano Pellè revealed the prank he played on Louis van Gaal, growing up watching Marco van Basten and his dancing career.
Zaza on Immobile and Balotelli
Simone Zaza thanked Ciro Immobile for helping him settle into the Italy squad, but also said “Mario Balotelli is one of my favourites.”
Immobile: 'Balotelli not missed'
Ciro Immobile explains why he went to Borussia Dortmund and feels Italy won’t miss Mario Balotelli.
Italy: Rugani replaces Romagnoli
Alessio Romagnoli has left Italy’s Under-21 camp with a thigh injury, with Daniele Rugani dropping down from the senior squad as replacement.
‘Pelle can become a top player’
Pantaleo Corvino reveals early frustration at would-be dancer Graziano Pelle, but says he has the potential to become a top striker akin to Luca Toni.
Pelle, Rugani tested, Verratti...
Graziano Pelle and Daniele Rugani were tested in an alternative Italy line-up in training today, whilst Marco Verratti is back to running.
Pirlo to start Italy-Azerbaijan?
Andrea Pirlo could start Italy’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Azerbaijan on Friday with Simone Zaza and Ciro Immobile.
Italy squad bans social media
Italy team manager Lele Oriali warns players are now banned from discussing club affairs on social media.
Pelle: 'Better late than never!'
Southampton striker Graziano Pellè “took the long way round,” but is finally in the senior Italy squad. “Better late than never.”
Bonucci apology for Juve-Roma tweet
Leonardo Bonucci has apologised after a telling-off from the Italy staff, insisting he “did not want to offend Roma.”
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