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Roma’s Alessandro Florenzi says he has still not given up hope of representing his country at this summer’s World Cup.
Napoli’s Christian Maggio is still hopeful of making Cesare Prandelli’s World Cup squad despite his recent injury lay-off.
England will name their provisional 30-man squad for the World Cup on May 12, it has been revealed.
Cesare Prandelli says he has the Italy squad’s full backing on his code of ethics and says it will only be dropped when that does not exist.
Cesare Prandelli has warned that Italy face at the World Cup an ‘important’ match against a stronger England than from Euro 2012.
Stephan El Shaarawy has outlined his determination to play this weekend in the Milan derby and to make Italy’s World Cup squad.
Cesare Prandelli has commented on Francesco Totti and Luca Toni’s World Cup chances: “In an emergency, I would know who to take.”
Cesare Prandelli says that no player, including Mario Balotelli, can go to Brazil with the mindset of starting every game.
Coach Gigi Di Biagio saw improvements in the Italy Under-21 side after Brentford’s Marcello Trotta bagged a brace.
CalcioNews24 report that Alessandro Del Piero has turned down the chance for a reunion with Marcello Lippi.
Figures from football, including Mario Balotelli and Cesare Prandelli, ate bananas to join Dani Alves’ anti-racism message.
FIGC President Giancarlo Abete insisted it’s “important to have Mario Balotelli at the World Cup, as he can change a game.”
While Italy are meticulously planning training regimes, Roy Hodgson prefers to rest England for the World Cup.
Torino President Urbano Cairo says both members of the club’s strike duo, Alessio Cerci and Ciro Immobile, deserve to go to the World Cup.
Ciro Immobile has admitted that he feels good at Torino, and hopes to play his way into Italy’s World Cup squad.
Luca Toni is joint Capocannoniere on 20 goals and believes he can take the crown. “At my age it’d be extraordinary!”
Italian papers claim Cesare Prandelli is drawing up a Plan B for the World Cup without Mario Balotelli.
“Giuseppe Rossi isn’t available yet and I doubt we’ll see Mario Gomez again this season,” warned Fiorentina Coach Vincenzo Montella.
Sampdoria defender Lorenzo De Silvestri will ‘try until the end’ to fight for a place at this summer’s World Cup.
The Italy Under-21 side has called a get-together, including five Crotone players, seven from Serie A and Brentford’s Marcello Trotta.
Giuseppe Rossi’s agent assured he is “happy and completely recovered, so he’s ready for the World Cup.”
Cesare Prandelli and his Italy staff will today reportedly evaluate the results from the physical tests carried out on 42 players at Coverciano last week.
Giuseppe Rossi is back in full training with Fiorentina, including tackles in games between ranks.
Juventus reportedly want to sign goalkeeper Simone Scuffet from Udinese to be the long term heir of Gigi Buffon.
Former Inter and Italy player Beppe Bergomi has given his opinion on Fiorentina’s season to date.