AZZURRI

Italy will later today fly out to Manaus ahead of final preparations for their opening World Cup fixture against England.
Italy’s players will reportedly be given a cooling hand as part of their World Cup preparations, to combat weight loss in the Brazilian heat.
Marcello Lippi says he sees a ‘psychological similarity’ between Cesare Prandelli’s Italy squad and his that won the 2006 World Cup.
Daniel Osvaldo said he’s “happy not to be involved in this farce” after Brazil’s controversial win over Croatia.
Mattia De Sciglio will miss the England game, but remain in Brazil with Italy’s World Cup squad after a muscular injury.
Gianluca Vialli believes Mario Balotelli has “earned his starting spot” for Italy in the World Cup against England.
There are reports Mattia De Sciglio could be ruled out of the World Cup, so Christian Maggio, Manuel Pasqual and others are on alert.
Defender Gary Cahill believes England are “definitely ready for the game” against Italy on Saturday night.
There are fears Mattia De Sciglio suffered a calf strain, so Giorgio Chiellini could play left-back against England.
Mattia De Sciglio is in hospital for tests after sustaining a calf injury in training, putting him at risk for Italy-England.
Andrea Barzagli sees “the same hunger” in the current Italy side as in 2006, but admits “we’ve conceded too many goals.”
Andrea Barzagli insists Italy’s ageing team does not fear England youngsters, but gave clues on Daniele De Rossi’s role.
Andrea Barzagli confirmed Italy will “keep the ball on the ground” against England and he respects Wayne Rooney.
Marco Verratti took part in full training today, suggesting he’ll be fit to start Saturday’s Italy-England clash.
FIGC Vice-President Demetrio Albertini is horrified by the state of the pitch in Manaus. “I hope it doesn’t ruin Italy-England.”
Fiorentina captain Manuel Pasqual is targeting a place in the Champions League for the Viola next season.
Former England international Paul Scholes wants England to go for the jugular in their World Cup campaign.
It has been announced that Sara Bjorn Kuipers will referee Saturday’s World Cup Group D match between Italy and England.
The head groundsman of the Arena Amazonia, where Italy will take on England on Saturday, admits the pitch is in very bad shape.
Sunderland’s Emanuele Giaccherini is disappointed he missed out on Italy’s World Cup squad but hopes to play for the Azzurri again as soon as possible.
England assistant Coach Gary Neville has inadvertently given the media a slight insight into the Three Lions’ World Cup preparations.
Rafa Benitez has advised England on how to approach Andrea Pirlo and says they have the players to trouble Italy.
The Gazzetta dello Sport speculate Italy’s formation and personnel to start against England may depend on Marco Verratti’s fitness.
Giancarlo Abete has called on Italy to deliver a positive message at the World Cup, but does not set them a target, nor list them among the favourites.
Riccardo Montolivo has reflected on how he has dealt with his injury, as he asserts Italy can make at least the World Cup semi-finals.