AZZURRI

England’s World Cup preparations have been dealt a blow with youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believed to have suffered knee ligament damage.
Italy will this evening fly out from Rome to Rio de Janeiro to begin their World Cup campaign in earnest.
Gianluigi Buffon has compared Andrea Pirlo’s ‘genius’ to that of Roberto Baggio and made clear Italy’s match with England is ‘not a play-off’.
Uruguay continued their warm-up to the World Cup with a 2-0 victory over Slovenia in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Marco Verratti has insisted that Italy will be ready once the World Cup comes around.
Giorgio Chiellini has apologised for Italy’s 1-1 draw with Luxembourg on Wednesday evening.
Mattia De Sciglio has conceded that Italy need to improve in attack if they are to have a good World Cup.
England have drawn their second pre-World Cup friendly being held 2-2 by Ecuador in Miami.
Cesare Prandelli has claimed that he is not reading too much into Italy’s 1-1 draw with Luxembourg on Wednesday.
Luigi Di Biagio was pleased with the performance of his Italy Under-21 side this evening.
Claudio Marchisio’s early header was cancelled out late on by Maxime Chanot, as Italy could only draw 1-1 with Luxembourg.
Cesare Prandelli has made eight changes to the side that drew with Republic of Ireland, as Italy prepare to face Luxembourg this evening.
Italy’s Under-21s have beaten Montenegro in today’s friendly encounter at Castel di Sangro.
Sven-Goran Eriksson has insisted that England have ‘absolutely no chance’ of winning the World Cup.
Rafal Wolski can’t believe that Fiorentina teammate Giuseppe Rossi has been omitted from the Italy World Cup squad.
Andrea Barzagli is still struggling with a fever and will miss Italy’s game with Luxembourg this evening.
It has been announced by the FIGC that goalkeeper Antonio Mirante will remain with the Italy squad as they head to Brazil.
Reports in the Turkish media are that Galatasaray have made an offer of €20m for Milan’s Mario Balotelli.
Former Italy Coach Marcello Lippi is hoping Mario Balotelli can replicate the form he showed at Euro 2012 in this summer’s World Cup.
Javier Zanetti is convinced that Mario Balotelli will be able to fulfil his potential once he has found the correct balance in his life.
England captain Steven Gerrard insists his team will be practising penalties a lot in the build up to the World Cup.
England boss Roy Hodgson has admitted that their next two friendlies are in preparation for the match with Italy in 11 days’ time.
Italy Under-21 boss Luigi Di Biagio has asked his players for ‘a nice performance, maybe even a victory’ tomorrow.
Cesare Prandelli has confirmed the starting XI for Italy’s friendly match against Luxembourg on Wednesday evening.
Cesare Prandelli has claimed that taking Giuseppe Rossi to the World Cup would have been too big a risk.