Verratti still out of action
Marco Verratti is still not training with the rest of the Italy squad ahead of Sunday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Croatia.
Italy working with Zaza-Immobile
First indications from Italy training are that Antonio Conte will run with Simone Zaza and Ciro Immobile in attack, instead of Mario Balotelli.
Soriano: I feel Italian
Roberto Soriano insists he’s always felt like an Italian, ahead of a possible debut for the Azzurri against Croatia or Albania.
Bertolacci: Balotelli one of the group
Andrea Bertolacci insists Mario Balotelli is just another one of the group as the Liverpool striker returns to the Italy fold.
‘Balotelli was Conte’s choice’
FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio has dismissed rumours that Mario Balotelli’s recall to the Italy squad was for sponsorship reasons.
Buffon, De Rossi briefed on Balo
Gianluigi Buffon and Daniele De Rossi were apparently told prior to Antonio Conte’s Italy announcement that Mario Balotelli would return to the Italy squad.
‘Italy right medicine for Balo’
Mark Hateley has backed Antonio Conte for calling up Mario Balotelli for Italy’s upcoming games.
‘Conte to get to know Balotelli’
Carlo Tavecchio says that Antonio Conte has called up Mario Balotelli to ‘get to know’ the Liverpool forward.
Verratti injury fears allayed
Marco Verratti will be allowed to stay with the Italy squad after being given the all-clear by medical staff.
Conte hopes for Balotelli response
Antonio Conte has called on Mario Balotelli to prove his worth in the Italy squad following the striker’s return from the international wilderness.
Conte: Places up for grabs
Antonio Conte has encouraged his Italy squad to earn their spurs against Croatia and Albania, with so many established personnel absent.
Conte: Balotelli call for evaluation
Antonio Conte has defended the inclusion of Mario Balotelli in his latest Italy squad, claiming that the striker has a right ‘to be evaluated’.
Zaza happy for Balotelli call
Simone Zaza has says he’s delighted that Mario Balotelli has been recalled to the Italy squad, calling the Liverpool man ‘a champion’.
Moretti thanks Toro for Italy call
Emiliano Moretti has thanked Coach Giampiero Ventura and his Torino teammates after being called up to Antonio Conte’s latest Italy squad.
Balotelli: 'Proud to represent Italy'
Mario Balotelli declared he is “proud to represent my country” after receiving an Italy recall against Croatia.
Soriano: 'Dream come true'
Sampdoria midfielder Roberto Soriano “always dreamed of the Azzurri jersey, even though I grew up in Germany.”
Italy: Balotelli among new names
Mario Balotelli, Alessio Cerci, Roberto Soriano, Stephan El Shaarawy, Emiliano Moretti and Andrea Bertolacci are new names for Croatia.
Insigne has ligament damage
Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne has sprained his knee with probable ligament damage, confirmed the club.
Del Piero turns 40
Alessandro Del Piero turns 40 today and the ex-Juventus legend celebrates with the Delhi Dynamos.
Gabbiadini and El Shaarawy for Italy?
Antonio Conte will name his Italy squad to face Croatia and Albania, which could include Manolo Gabbiadini and Stephan El Shaarawy.
Lippi: 'Not retired quite yet'
Marcello Lippi noted he’s finished as a club Coach, but the Guangzhou Evergrande director would like a national team job.
Sacchi: 'Balotelli is not a player'
Arrigo Sacchi criticised Italy boss Antonio Conte and said Mario Balotelli “is not a football player,” but Zdenek Zeman “is a genius.”
Conte wary of Croatia threat
Antonio Conte has warned Italy of the threat posed by Croatia on November 16, but promised a display of ‘determination, passion and enthusiasm’ from his players.
Kahn: Italy left behind
Former Bayern Munich goalkeeper Oliver Kahn has launched a stinging attack on Italian football after Roma’s two defeats to Bayern.
Albertini: 'Lotito has the power'
Demetrio Albertini launched a scathing attack on FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio. “Claudio Lotito wields more power.”
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