Line-ups: Italy – Rep. of Ireland
Giuseppe Rossi starts alongside Ciro Immobile up-front for Italy in their friendly against Republic of Ireland at Craven Cottage.
Suarez in Uruguay squad
Luis Suarez, as expected, has been named in Uruguay’s final 23-man World Cup squad today.
Bonucci wants team defensive effort
Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci wants the Azzurri to learn to defend as a team at all times, starting from the strikers.
Trap remaining neutral
Former Italy and Republic of Ireland Coach Giovanni Trapattoni says he will remain neutral for the friendly between the sides tonight.
‘Rossi and Baggio situations similar’
Giovanni Trapattoni says the debate over Giuseppe Rossi’s fitness reminds him of when he left Roberto Baggio out of his World Cup 2002 squad.
Costa Rica name WC squad
Italy’s Group D opponents Costa Rica have named their 23-man squad for the World Cup.
Trap on Ireland, Rossi & Inzaghi
Giovanni Trapattoni hopes both Italy and the Republic of Ireland do well in this evening’s friendly.
Gerrard: We'll peak for Italy
England captain Steven Gerrard has insisted that his side will be ‘raring to go’ when they take on Italy at the World Cup.
Hodgson 'excited' by England
England boss Roy Hodgson has admitted that he is ‘excited by the whole squad’ after their win over Peru.
Uruguay beat Northern Ireland
Italy’s Group D opponents Uruguay got their World Cup preparations underway with a win over Northern Ireland.
England see off Peruvian challenge
Goals by Daniel Sturridge, Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka were enough for England to beat Peru in their final home friendly before the World Cup.
Wilshere discusses Azzurri test
England’s Jack Wilshere has stressed the importance for both the Three Lions and Italy to get off to a good start at the World Cup.
Italy schedule confirmed
The Italian national team’s schedule for the next week has been confirmed by the FIGC.
Italy numbers revealed
The FIGC have confirmed the Italian national team’s squad numbers for tomorrow’s friendly against Republic of Ireland.
Balotelli: England aren't rivals for Italy
Mario Balotelli doesn’t believe that Italy’s Group D rivals England can win the World Cup.
Uruguay seek Suarez alternatives
Uruguay will tonight face Northern Ireland, with Oscar Tabarez set to experiment in Luis Suarez’s absence.
‘Rossi’s World Cup starts tomorrow’
Cesare Prandelli has reflected on Giuseppe Rossi’s bid to prove his fitness in time to make Italy’s World Cup squad: “In him I see something wonderful.”
Prandelli: No mistakes in the 23
Cesare Prandelli confirms Italy’s starting XI to play Republic of Ireland and reflected on the difficulty he faces in naming a final 23 for the World Cup.
Rossi to start against Ireland
Giuseppe Rossi is expected to be handed an opportunity to prove his fitness for Italy from the start of Saturday’s match with Republic of Ireland.
Costa Rica lose Saborio
Costa Rica have lost leading striker Alvaro Saborio for the World Cup, through an injury picked up in training.
Immobile to Dortmund tomorrow
Gazzetta Dello Sport report that Ciro Immobile’s transfer to Borussia Dortmund will be completed tomorrow.
Hodgson happy with England progress
England manager Roy Hodgson is pleased with what he has seen from his squad as they continue their preparations for the World Cup.
‘No rush for Aquilani renewal’
Alberto Aquilani’s agent says his client is happy with Fiorentina and that there is no rush for him to sign a new contract.
‘Rossi’s World Cup’
Riccardo Montolivo has expressed his hope that the upcoming World Cup will be Giuseppe Rossi’s time to shine.
Montolivo on Balo, Prandelli and Lippi
Riccardo Montolivo has praised Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli’s attention to detail, saying he leaves no stone unturned.
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