Spinazzola: 'Wonderful Italy debut'
Atalanta wing-back Leonardo Spinazzola enjoyed his senior Italy debut in the 2-1 friendly win over the Netherlands. “It’s a wonderful experience.”
Gagliardini: 'Italy debut, but a year ago...'
Roberto Gagliardini made his senior Italy debut and the Inter midfielder can hardly believe it. “A year ago I hadn’t made my Serie A debut.”
Petagna: 'U-21 Euros come first'
Andrea Petagna thanked Giampiero Ventura for his senior Italy debut, but first is focused on the European Under-21 Championships.
Donnarumma: 'Buffon great advice'
Gianluigi Donnarumma made history as the youngest ever goalkeeper to start for Italy. “I thank Gigi Buffon for all the advice he gives me in training.”
Bonucci: 'Italy are the perfect mix'
Leonardo Bonucci sees “the perfect mix” of experience and youthful exuberance after Italy beat the Netherlands 2-1 in Amsterdam.
Ventura: 'Italy surprise of World Cup'
Giampiero Ventura insists Italy “can be the surprise” of the 2018 World Cup in Russia after a 2-1 friendly win in the Netherlands.
Italy: New Azzurri win in Netherlands
Eder and Leonardo Bonucci completed the quick comeback to conquer the Netherlands 2-1 in a friendly, while five players made debuts.
Ventura: 'Clear with Barzagli'
Giampiero Ventura insists he clarified the situation with Andrea Barzagli after the defender left the Italy camp for “personal problems.”
Grim stands up for Blind
Netherlands interim Coach Fred Grim explained his picks for tonight’s friendly against Italy after replacing sacked Danny Blind.
Liveblog: Netherlands v Italy
Join us for all the build-up and action from the Amsterdam Arena as Italy experiment with young players in a friendly with the managerless Netherlands.
Gianluigi Donnarumma makes history with his first Italy start, as the Azzurri go 3-4-1-2 with Marco Verratti as trequartista for tonight’s Netherlands friendly.
Maldini: ‘Donnarumma just like Buffon’
Paolo Maldini confirms Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma reminds him of Gigi Buffon - “he has something that you see immediately”.
Abbiati: ‘Donnarumma is the future’
Christian Abbiati says Gigio Donnarumma “has everything” to be Gianluigi Buffon’s heir but “he can improve with his feet”.
Tavecchio: ‘Serie A could start early’
FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio hints Serie A could start early next season - “someone will need to make some sacrifices”.
Verratti withdraws lawsuit
Marco Verratti has withdrawn his lawsuit against L’Équipe after an apology from the newspaper.
Di Biagio hails Italy response
Luigi Di Biagio hailed his Italy Under-21s for a “very good response” during Monday’s 2-1 defeat to Spain at the Olimpico.
Azzurrini fall to Spain loss
Italy Under-21s conceded more than once at home for the first time in two years after they fell 2-1 to Spain in friendly action on Monday.
De Rossi ‘dreaming’ of second WC
Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi admits he “dreams” of winning another World Cup in 2018, although he is “sorry” for not lifting more trophies with Roma.
‘Gagliardini can be Italy pillar’
Daniele De Rossi believes Roberto Gagliardini can be his Italy heir and “a pillar” for the national team.
Ventura: Pelle, Sacchi, youth…
Italy CT Giampiero Ventura says the door is open for Graziano Pelle, Arrigo Sacchi’s criticism was “disappointing” and “fruits are being borne” with youth.
Ventura reveals Barzagli ‘problems’
Giampiero Ventura has revealed that Andrea Barzagli dropped out of the Italy squad due to “problems with his wife”.
Toldo: 'Donnarumma in when Buffon decides'
Former Italy goalkeeper Francesco Toldo insists Gianluigi Donnarumma will only get Azzurri chance 'when Gianluigi Buffon decides to quit'.
Ventura: 'Italy and U21s co-ordinate'
Giampiero Ventura admits he’ll have to co-ordinate with the Italy Under-21 side for the European Championships and Spain showdown.
Official: Holland sack Blind
The Netherlands have officially fired Coach Danny Blind under 48 hours before their friendly against Italy in Amsterdam.
Bonucci sole Italy veteran in Holland
Leonardo Bonucci is one of the only veterans as Italy test a very young 3-5-2 formation against the Netherlands on Tuesday.
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