AZZURRI

Giampiero Ventura admits he feels “a sense of incompleteness” after his Italy failure but is backing his successor to take them “back where they belong.”
Valencia boss Marcelino admits Simone Zaza needs knee surgery after aggravating a meniscus tear while training with Italy.
Brazil and Roma icon Paulo Roberto Falcao urges Italians to stop ‘vilifying’ their young players and notes Carlo Ancelotti “is only missing a World Cup.”
Giorgio Squinzi has joined the calls for Carlo Tavecchio to resign and accused Giampiero Ventura of ignoring Sassuolo players when he was Italy CT.
Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly demanding reform in the FIGC before possibly accepting the Italy job.
Damiano Tommasi, head of the Italian Players’ Union, has called for Carlo Tavecchio to resign after branding the FIGC “not credible”.
Roberto Mancini ruled himself out of the running for the Italy job. “I’m not surprised I’m on the list, but I am happy at Zenit and am not thinking about the Nazionale.”
Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha admits it “hurt to see my idol Gigi Buffon so sad,” along with Ciro Immobile and Marco Parolo, after Italy missed the World Cup.
Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis warns even Carlo Ancelotti for Italy Coach “would be a gamble unless the entire system changes.”
There are reports Italy will call Sebastian Driussi for international duty, as the Zenit man has never played for Argentina at senior level.
Former Milan President Silvio Berlusconi has joined the chorus calling for Carlo Ancelotti to become the new Italy Coach. “He’d be the right man.”
Stephan El Shaarawy is distraught at Italy missing the World Cup, explains what happened on the touchline with Daniele De Rossi.
Leroy Rosenior said Daniele De Rossi urging Italy to introduce Lorenzo Insigne was “passionate, patriotic and he’s a braver man than me,” but fuels anarchy.
Marco Tardelli urged FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio to “have some dignity” and resign, but doubts a cap on foreign players would help.
Slovakia pipped Scotland to second place in their qualifying group, but they were eliminated as the worst runner-up.
The FIGC had reportedly booked a hotel in Russia for the World Cup, which could now be taken by Denmark after Italy failed to qualify.
Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini believes “the only way” to limit Barcelona's Lionel Messi is with teamwork - “if you try to anticipate his moves, you’re dead”.
Giorgio Chiellini admits “it’s clear there’s a need for reform” in Italian football, and clarifies his comments on Pep Guardiola.
Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira says he won’t play for Italy - “I’m Uruguayan, and my dream since I was a child has been to be part of the national team”.
Lorenzo Insigne insists “I’d even have played in goal” for Italy, and thanks Daniele De Rossi.
Former Italy striker Gianluca Vialli wants to see Carlo Ancelotti as CT - “I’d make him the Italian Vicente Del Bosque”.
Torino President Urbano Cairo says Carlo Tavecchio has to step down as President of the FIGC - “you can’t just go on as though nothing happened”.
It’s reported Carlo Ancelotti is opening up to the Italy job, after further talks about the role yesterday.
Toronto FC Coach Greg Vanney believes Sebastian Giovinco “could have helped” Italy qualify for the World Cup but “it’s their loss”.
Fabrizio Ravanelli offers his opinion on who should be the new Italy CT - “I’d bend over backward to get Antonio Conte back”.