AZZURRI

Angelo Ogbonna had his third cap against England, but felt like a veteran in the new-look Italy side.
Alessandro Diamanti praised Mattia Destro and the new Italy generation. “I’m a granddad compared to those who played today!”
Roy Hodgson enjoyed England’s win over an experimental Italy side, but insisted there wasn’t “a great difference” from the Euro 2012 meeting.
Mattia Destro was satisfied with his senior Italy bow, even though he wasted a great chance. “That’s the defect of the centre-forward.”
Cesare Prandelli insisted there were “good indications” from Italy’s friendly defeat to England after giving six players their debuts.
Italy’s experimental young side provided six debuts, but ended in a 2-1 defeat against England. It’s the first time the Three Lions got the better of the Nazionale in 15 years.
Lorenzo Insigne scored a fine goal for the Under-21 side today and admits “I hope Cesare Prandelli will call me to represent Italy.”
Italy send out an experimental side including Mattia Destro and Stephan El Shaarawy against Roy Hodgson’s England tonight.
Coach Devis Mangia made a sensational debut on the Under-21 bench, as Italy hammered Holland 3-0.
FIGC President Giancarlo Abete criticised Napoli and Zdenek Zeman for the recent Super Cup and Antonio Conte controversy. “Calcio needs to grow up.”
Stephan El Shaarawy has his eyes on a place at the 2014 World Cup after the Milan man was named in the latest Italy squad.
Roy Hodgson has given Frank Lampard the captain’s armband against Italy, but won’t reveal his starting XI.
Marco Verratti will make his senior Italy debut against England tomorrow and is confident joining PSG won’t hurt his Azzurri chances.
Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are shortlisted for the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, followed by Andrea Pirlo in fourth place.
Theo Walcott is the fourth England player to pull out of tomorrow’s friendly against Italy due to injury.
Stephan El Shaarawy will start against England tomorrow and is “hugely excited” at his senior Italy debut.
Cesare Prandelli has confirmed his starting XI against England, including Alessandro Diamanti and Mattia Destro. “They must prove they’re ready.”
Antonio Cassano has laughed off reports of international retirement. “I want to continue with the Nazionale at least until the 2014 World Cup.”
The Gazzetta dello Sport believe that Mattia Destro and Stephan El Shaarawy could be handed places in attack for Italy tomorrow.
Italy will wear specially designed shirts for their friendly this week with England to commemorate 30 years since lifting the World Cup of 1982.
Cesare Prandelli has explained the reasoning behind his young Italy selection and revealed that Mario Balotelli, when fit, will take a major role.
Mario Balotelli will miss Italy’s first fixture of the 2012-13 campaign, as conjunctivitis rules him out of Wednesday’s friendly with England.
Inter’s Samuele Longo is aiming to be better than Italy Under-21 teammate Mattia Destro one day.
England’s Joe Hart, Daniel Sturridge and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have withdrawn from the squad that will face Italy on Wednesday night due to injury.
Mattia Destro is “so proud” to receive a call-up for Italy’s match against England and is settling into his new Roma squad.