AZZURRI

Atalanta’s Ezequiel Schelotto is hoping to be a part of Italy’s Euro 2012 campaign despite being born in Argentina.
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli says that he already knows which 23 players he’ll be taking to Euro 2012 – but he’s challenged his squad to change his mind.
Fiorentina youngster Luca Lazzerini has been called up by Italy boss Cesare Prandelli to help in training this week.
UEFA President Michel Platini praised his former Juventus teammate Cesare Prandelli. “I’m not surprised he became a Coach.”
Mario Balotelli has assured Cesare Prandelli he’ll keep himself “under control” at Euro 2012 and is committed to Manchester City despite a new approach to the tabloids.
Cesare Prandelli insists Italy will play “in an attacking style inspired by the 1970s Total Football” at Euro 2012.
Giuseppe Rossi’s injury nightmare drags on and Villarreal have been relegated, so his agent tells Serie A sides “he is an investment for the future.”
Giorgio Chiellini is recovering quickly and “optimistic” for Euro 2012, revealed the Italy and Juventus star’s brother.
Gianni Rivera is optimistic that Italy can have a good European Championship despite his doubts over the squad’s quality.
Mario Balotelli “will be really useful for Italy at Euro 2012,” says Manchester City assistant manager Fausto Salsano.
Italy and Roma star Daniele De Rossi has undergone surgery to reduce the fracture in his right hand.
Leonardo Bonucci has thanked Antonio Conte for improving him as a player and has “incredible hunger” for Euro 2012.
Marco Verratti’s agent confirms “daily talks” with Juventus, but insists there’s no deal yet for the 19-year-old surprise Italy starlet.
Antonio Cassano reveals how it felt to make his comeback after heart surgery and how he “wanted to quit” after seeing two sportsmen die during games.
Daniele De Rossi has assured “nobody can miss a European Championship because of a fractured finger” after joining the Italy squad.
Pescara boss Zdenek Zeman says he wasn’t shocked by the decision to include Marco Verratti in the Italian national set-up.
Giorgio Chiellini should be available for Euro 2012 after the Juventus man was ruled out for the next 20 days.
Atalanta already have two players in Italy’s initial Euro 2012 squad, but they believe two others deserved similar recognition.
Antonio Cabrini is the new Coach of the women’s Italian national side after replacing Pietro Ghedin in the role.
Novara boss Attilio Tesser is disappointed that Marco Rigoni wasn’t included in Italy’s preliminary 32-man squad for Euro 2012.
Italy have another injury to monitor as Sebastian Giovinco is ruled out of action for 10 days after picking up a knee injury.
Giorgio Chiellini has ruled himself out of the Coppa Italia Final against Napoli, but the Juventus stopper is hopeful for Euro 2012.
Italian Football Federation chief Giancarlo Abete has backed the selections of Coach Cesare Prandelli and insisted that the tactician will stay beyond Euro 2012.
Italy’s chief medic Enrico Castellacci has given the latest news available to him on injuries to Giorgio Chiellini, Daniele De Rossi and Riccardo Montolivo.
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has defended his selections after naming his preliminary 32-man squad for Euro 2012.