AZZURRI

Simone Verdi admits he got “goosebumps” when meeting Gianluigi Buffon on Italy duty.
Andrea Petagna believes Torino striker Andrea Belotti is “ahead of everyone” including Mauro Icardi and Gonzalo Higuain.
Leonardo Bonucci didn’t train with Italy this morning, as he’s suffering with an illness.
Mattia Caldara has left the Italy Under-21 training camp to return to Atalanta, as he’s struggling with an injury.
Nevio Scala, who gave Gianluigi Buffon his debut, says Milan’s Gigio Donnarumma is the Juventus goalkeeper “20 years ago”.
Pepe Reina says Spain “aren’t thinking of Italy”, and believes “neither Juventus or Barcelona will be happy” with the Champions League draw.
Federico Chiesa is aiming to “reach the Europa League” at Fiorentina and win the European Under-21 Championships with Italy.
Andrea Petagna’s agent claims the Atalanta striker can “become one of the best around” as “he’s already made me start working” for the summer.
Roberto Mancini “threw away a year and a half of exhausting work” at Inter, dismissed links with Roma and admitted “I’m a fan” of Leicester City.
Giampiero Ventura insists Barcelona and Spain are “doable” for Juventus and Italy as Danilo D’Ambrosio’s inclusion “is a message”.
Giampiero Ventura claims Italy are working on more than one way of playing as he backs the Azzurri to be “a surprise package at the World Cup”.
Italy boss Giampiero Ventura admits he “misses” Juventus pair Giorgio Chiellini and Claudio Marchisio but will look to youth against Albania and Netherlands.
Italy Commisario Tecnico Giampiero Ventura hails the 'batch of talent' available to him as national boss.
Italy Commissario Technico Giampiero Ventura belives that the Azzurri 'can win again' under his charge.
Marco Verratti’s agent has changed his tune, warning “he won’t leave Paris Saint-Germain unless they tell us to go.”
Gigi Buffon “hopes to wear the Juventus jersey for a good while yet” and trusts Italy “will soon have the strongest squad in 20 years.”
Manolo Gabbiadini has pulled out of the Italy squad with a thigh injury, so Atalanta’s Andrea Petagna is called instead.
Cesare Prandelli has “no regrets” over Euro 2012 and the 2014 World Cup, revealing a hidden side to Mario Balotelli. “He’s more sensitive than most.”
Roberto Gagliardini, Leonardo Spinazzola, Danilo D’Ambrosio and Manolo Gabbiadini get Italy calls to face Albania and Holland.
Federico Chiesa says he is “delighted” with his maiden call-up to Italy Under-21s as following in father Enrico’s footsteps at Fiorentina is “a pleasure”.
Serie A trio Kevin Strootman, Stefan de Vrij and Wesley Hoedt have been named in the Netherlands squad to face Italy on March 28.
Mario Balotelli hit back at French media. “Seriously don’t ask me for interviews again. No one. Balotelli isn’t a game, is a person.”
Former women’s football star Patrizia Panico will make history, acting as the Coach of the Under-16 men’s squad for two games.
Fiorentina midfielder Federico Chiesa has received his first Italy Under-21 call-up for friendlies against Poland and Spain.
Marco Verratti has officially confirmed that he is taking legal action against French sports newspaper L’Équipe.