AZZURRI

Gigi Buffon denies he said Serie A opponents “step aside” for Juventus. “I never said that, it’s part of some fantasy life.”
Italy announced their 23-man squad and shirt numbers against Liechtenstein, as Andrea Belotti gets Number 9 and Marco Verratti wears 10.
Gianluca Lapadula’s agent insists “there has been no contact with Valencia and he wants to remain a Milan player.”
Italy captain Gigi Buffon warned the trip to Liechtenstein “is the most complicated for a goalkeeper, because you risk embarrassment.”
Giampiero Ventura outlines his new tactical vision and warns “it would be a big mistake” to assume a glut of Italy goals with Liechtenstein.
Empoli and Liechtenstein midfielder Marcel Buchel warns Italy “will meet a tough side and I’ll ask Lorenzo Insigne for his jersey.”
Liechtenstein Coach Rene Pauritsch insists they “have no fear, even if there is great respect for Italy” ahead of tomorrow’s World Cup qualifier.
Atalanta winger Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez opens the door to a Roma transfer and still has hope he can play for Italy.
Sassuolo midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini is Serie A’s best young player and will write himself into Italy’s history, according to Marcello Lippi’s agent son.
Italy will reportedly begin their 4-2-4 experiment in Saturday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein, with an Azzurri debut for Davide Zappacosta.
Simone Zaza's agent father 'would listen' if Napoli called him, but revealed that he has not received any offers for the player as yet.
Italy Under-21s Coach Gigi Di Biagio was glad to “test new players and tactics” in a last-gasp 3-2 friendly defeat to England.
Italy Under-21s fumbled a 2-1 lead in Southampton and lost 3-2 to England with the last kick of this friendly, partly due to a Pierluigi Gollini howler.
Italy Under-21s Coach Gigi Di Biagio is pleased that “finally clubs are giving room to young players” ahead of the friendly with England.
Giampiero Ventura continues to test the 4-2-4 formation against Liechtenstein, though there are doubts at right-back.
Fabio Capello confirmed he “had some contact with the Italy squad, but I said no” ahead of Giampiero Ventura’s appointment.
Paris Saint-Germain and Italy midfielder Marco Verratti insists he’s not worth €100m - “no player is worth that”.
Roberto Gagliardini admits his Italy call-up was “unexpected” and marvels that’s he’s playing with players he “watched on television”.
Milan striker Gianluca Lapadula describes it as “a joy” to have received his first Italy call-up.
Sebastian Giovinco’s agent insists the Toronto FC man deserves to be called-up for Italy.
FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio noted current Italy Coach Giampiero Ventura “was the teacher” for Antonio Conte.
Nicola Rizzoli will receive an award ahead of the Italy-Germany friendly for being the best referee at Euro 2016.
Sebastian Giovinco’s agent slammed Italy Coach Giampiero Ventura for discrediting Toronto FC without “knowledge” of MLS.
Italy tested out a 4-2-4 system ahead of games with Liechtenstein and Germany, using Marco Verratti and Daniele De Rossi in midfield.
Torino striker Andrea Belotti urges fans to have faith in Italy’s youngsters - “trust us”.