Stephan El Shaarawy, Antonio Candreva and Daniele De Rossi step in with Andrea Pirlo benched as Italy host Bulgaria.
LIVEBLOG: Italy v Bulgaria
Join us for the build-up and action as Italy seek Euro 2016 qualification against Bulgaria in Sicily.
'Eder, Soriano worth the Azzurri'
Sampdoria sporting director Carlo Osti says Roberto Soriano and Eder's Azzurri call-ups 'confirm their high level'.
Tavecchio: 'Buffon is a monument'
FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio praises Azzurri and Juventus goalkeeper Gigi Buffon: 'He is our greatest sports image in the world'.
Rugani: 'Azzurrini need killer instinct'
Daniele Rugani is 'convinced' the new Azzurrini are 'a solid team', but warns of the 'aggressive' Slovenia.
Rugani: 'Learning from Juve defenders'
Daniele Rugani says he's 'trying to learn' from Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Barzagli at Juventus.
Gila: 'Aiming for the Azzurri!'
Alberto Gilardino says he signed for Palermo with an eye to regaining the national team: 'Of course that's what I'm thinking about'.
Conte: 'Verratti has matured, but...'
Antonio Conte defends New York City FC's Andrea Pirlo from criticism and provides Paris Saint-Germain's Marco Verratti with some feedback on how to improve.
El Shaarawy starts with Bulgaria?
Stephan El Shaarawy wasn’t even on the bench against Malta, but could start tonight’s Italy-Bulgaria qualifier.
Baselli expects Italy call
Daniele Baselli is confident he’ll get the Italy call if he continues his stunning form with Torino.
Bojinov: 'Bulgaria can upset Italy'
Valeri Bojinov spent most of his career in Italy and believes Bulgaria can cause an upset in tonight’s Euro 2016 qualifier.
Italy-Bulgaria options open
Antonio Conte is leaning towards the 4-3-3 system against Bulgaria, though the Italy line-up remains unpredictable.
Marotta hints at Pirlo retirement
Juventus director Beppe Marotta hinted Andrea Pirlo should retire from the Italy squad. “It’s a decision he must make.”
Chochev: 'Palermo is my home'
Palermo midfielder Ivaylo Chochev is playing for Bulgaria against Italy at the Stadio Barbera. “It’s my second home.”
Buffon: 'I won't reach 200 caps'
Gigi Buffon realises Italy have to improve against Bulgaria, but hinted at retirement. “I am not aiming to reach 200 caps!”
Conte: 'Line-up tomorrow'
Antonio Conte will decide his line-up against Bulgaria tomorrow and shrugged off criticism of his Italy squad.
Tavecchio: 'Conte will have offers'
Federation President Carlo Tavecchio “hopes Antonio Conte will stay until 2018, but there will be offers.”
Conte keeps Italy hidden
The Italy squad arrived late in Palermo and Antonio Conte is keeping his team to face Bulgaria under wraps.
Verratti: 'Pirlo is first choice'
Marco Verratti isn’t pushing through a generational shift for Italy. “Andrea Pirlo must be first choice in midfield.”
Conte shuffles Italy tactics
There are conflicting reports over whether Italy will use 4-3-3 or 3-5-2 against Bulgaria, with Andrea Pirlo in doubt.
Darmian: 'Man Utd only the start'
Matteo Darmian is very happy at Manchester United, but warns “this is a beginning, not the apex of my career.”
Bertolacci: 'I'll grit my teeth'
Andrea Bertolacci assured he will “grit my teeth” to play in the Milan Derby after an injury for Italy.
Italy revamped for Bulgaria
Italy face Bulgaria in their Euro 2016 qualifier and are expected to make at least five changes from the side that beat Malta.
Bertolacci leaves Italy squad
Milan midfielder Andrea Bertolacci has left the Italy squad, after picking up an injury during last night’s win over Malta.
Gabbiadini past Azzurri injury
Napoli are relieved as Manolo Gabbiadini's knock against Malta proves to be of no consequence.
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