AZZURRI

Bologna’s Alessandro Diamanti hasn’t given up hope of making the Italy squad for the European Championship.
Italy’s Under-21 side thrashed Scotland 4-1 in an Edinburgh friendly with Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne among those on target.
Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli believes “homophobia is racism and hopefully soon some players will come out.”
Giuseppe Rossi has been handed a huge blow with the news that his recovery from a second knee ligament injury could take as long as 10 months.
There has been another change to the Italian Under-21 squad after Roma’s Federico Viviani replaced Luca Marrone of Juventus.
There are just three Serie A players named in the Italian Under-21 squad for Wednesday’s friendly in Scotland.
Cesare Prandelli could reportedly quit the Italian national side after Euro 2012 to become the new boss of Inter.
Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli has reassured Mario Balotelli, Antonio Cassano and Fabio Borini on their Euro 2012 chances.
Giuseppe Rossi has undergone surgery on his ruptured knee ligament. “Operation went well. Thank God.”
Former Italy Coach Marcello Lippi confirms he will “get back to work soon,” and has a new theory on Mario Balotelli’s problems.
Italy’s friendly match with Luxembourg on May 29 will be played at the Stadio Tardini in Parma leading in to Euro 2012.
Ciro Ferrara has called up Ciro Immobile and Samuele Longo for the first time as Italy’s Under-21 side takes on Scotland.
With a different surgeon to last time, Giuseppe Rossi will undergo an operation on Friday in the US on his latest knee ligament injury.
Italian Football Federation Vice-President Demetrio Albertini has backed Antonio Di Natale for Euro 2012 selection.
Cesare Prandelli has not closed the door to veterans for Euro 2012. “Francesco Totti and Alessandro Del Piero still have much to give.”
Cesare Prandelli paid a visit to the Lazio training ground today and was particularly pleased with the form of Stefano Mauri.
Former Lazio boss Giuseppe Materazzi wouldn’t be surprised to see Federico Marchetti and Stefano Mauri at Euro 2012.
Stefano Fiore is convinced that Italy will make the right sort of impact at the 2012 European Championship.
Cesare Prandelli has confirmed Antonio Cassano “is in my personal Euro 2012 album” after Panini stickers left him out of the Italy section.
There is another sign Mario Balotelli could be changing his ways. “We are planning our marriage, which will happen soon.”
Mario Balotelli has assured Manchester City and Italy that he aims to improve his on-pitch behaviour following his red card against Arsenal.
Former Italy Under-21 boss Pierluigi Casiraghi remembers Piermario Morosini. “Every Coach would want a player like” him.
The changes to the Serie A fixture list mean Italy’s get-together will be scrapped. “It doesn’t matter,” noted Cesare Prandelli.
Giuseppe Rossi has been ruled out for another six months with a new knee injury, but his agent blamed Villarreal and is sure “he will overcome this too.”
Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli believes the Scudetto race is wide open. “Both Milan and Juventus have a 50 per cent chance of winning.”