Marcello Lippi fumes at the regulation that kept him from joining the Azzurri: 'It's bonkers!'
Roma confirmed the thigh injury for Daniele De Rossi, but there is still no word about when he will return.
Giampiero Ventura will largely stick to the old guard for Israel-Italy, but will introduce a handful of new faces too.
Giampiero Ventura shrugged off Antonio Conte comparisons by noting “I sent players into the Italy squad while he won Scudetti.”
Reports are growing that Manchester United will release Matteo Darmian in January, as Juventus and Inter are among those interested.
Giacomo Bonaventura appears likely to start in Israel, but there are still doubts for the left side of Italy’s midfield.
Gigi Buffon welcomed Leonardo Bonucci back to the Italy squad and called Giampiero Ventura “the right man at the right time.”
Giampiero Ventura expects “another step forward” for Italy against Israel, but warned “I don’t want to talk about Euro 2016 anymore.”
Israel Coach Elisha Levy warns they have “prepared to face Italy’s unusual 3-5-2 system” in tomorrow’s World Cup qualifier.
Israel star Eran Zahavi – formerly of Palermo – is confident “Italy will not underestimate us” in the World Cup qualifier.
Spain Coach Julen Lopetegui claims Napoli star Pepe Reina “was the best goalkeeper in Serie A last season.”
Marco Verratti, Leonardo Bonucci and Federico Bernardeschi are expected to step in for Italy against Israel tomorrow.
Italy and Lazio midfielder Marco Parolo told future players that “the word of the Coach is the law.”
La Gazzetta dello Sport have worked out that Italy are due to reach at least the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup.
Milan legend Alessandro Costacurta feels Alessio Romagnoli, Daniele Rugani and Gianluigi Donnarumma are “the best young players in Europe.”
Torino striker Andrea Belotti is having some muscular problems and won't play Israel-Italy.
Leonardo Bonucci, Marco Verratti and Alessandro Florenzi are expected to start for Italy against Israel in their opening 2018 World Cup qualifier.
Paolo Di Canio believes “goalkeepers like Gianluigi Donnarumma are born once every 50 years” and the Milan man is “touched by God.”
Vincenzo Montella feels Milan haven’t yet seen “the best” out of Suso and Italy prodigy Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Marco Verratti says he is 'happy for Mario Balotelli' and wants 'a winning national team'.
Marco Verratti says he 'worked hard' to come back from his injury for the Azzurri, but warns Italy-France was deceptive.
Graziano Pelle looks forward to Israel-Italy, but won't take any more penalties after Euro 2016.
Leonardo Bonucci has returned to the Italy squad, and will be available for the World Cup qualifier in Israel.
Italy’s Under-21s were held to a 1-1 draw by Serbia, but remain top of their qualifying section for Euro 2017.
Carlo Ancelotti doesn’t rule-out a return to Serie A, but “prefers daily work” so wouldn’t be Italy CT.