AZZURRI

Simone Pepe is ready to “play anywhere” Cesare Prandelli wants him to for Italy.
Torino defender Angelo Ogbonna confessed he “did not expect” to make his Italy debut against Poland.
Ignazio Abate enjoyed his Italy debut in the 2-0 win over Poland. “If the Coach gives me the opportunity, I’d love to be at Euro 2012.”
Thiago Motta praised Mario Balotelli and believes Italy have “a very strong side” going into Euro 2012.
Giampaolo Pazzini feels there is a lot of pressure on Mario Balotelli, but doesn’t care if his goal was offside!
Claudio Marchisio claims Mario Balotelli “has changed” in Manchester and reveals the striker’s superstitious side.
Cesare Prandelli hailed Mario Balotelli for his first Italy goal and his consistency against Poland.
Italy earned their first ever win on Polish soil with Giampaolo Pazzini and Mario Balotelli’s magnificent debut strike, while Gigi Buffon saved a penalty.
Cesare Prandelli hopes to “make Italy smile” with tonight’s game against Poland during a crisis for the country.
Italian legend Gigi Riva has revealed that it was his idea for Mario Balotelli to face the media this week.
Milan veteran Gianluca Zambrotta has surprisingly stated that he hopes to be a part of Italy’s Euro 2012 squad.
Italy moved into first place in their European Under-21 qualifying group with a hard-fought 2-0 win away to Turkey.
Giorgio Chiellini wants Italy to again underline their defensive strength under Cesare Prandelli in the game against Poland.
Italy will face Poland on Friday with Mario Balotelli and Giampaolo Pazzini in attack, while Ignazio Abate will make his debut at right-back.
Andrea Barzagli is on his way back to Turin after he withdrew from the Italy squad because of injury.
Ezequiel Schelotto concedes that he still has much to prove if he is to be rewarded with his first Italian international cap.
Sebastian Giovinco has admitted that it will be tough to watch Italy’s friendlies against Poland and Uruguay after pulling out of the squad with injury.
Italy Under-21 Coach Ciro Ferrara has warned his players to “not fall for provocation” against Turkey tomorrow.
Andrea Pirlo, Gigi Buffon and Andrea Ranocchia tell their clubs to accept international duty is important. “They should always collaborate with the Nazionale.”
Christian Maggio expects Italy new boy Ignazio Abate to provide him with some tough competition for the right-back spot.
Mario Balotelli has stated that he is ready to lead the Italian attack, that he’s not crazy and that he has no intention of leaving Manchester City.
Alessandro Matri and Daniel Pablo Osvaldo both scored hat-tricks in a practice match during Italy training on Wednesday.
Andrea Barzagli picked up a muscular problem in training today and should miss Friday’s friendly with Poland.
UEFA have partially accepted Italy’s appeal, so Under-21 international Lorenzo Insigne’s ban has been reduced to two games.
Torino’s Angelo Ogbonna is hoping to make his international debut for Italy this month. “I actually want to play against Poland and Uruguay.”