AZZURRI

Italy host Argentina in Rome tonight for an international friendly organised to honour Pope Francis.
Gigi Di Biagio oversaw a 4-1 Italy victory in Slovakia on his debut, but the Coach was “not very happy with how we played.”
Italy earned an impressive 4-1 victory away to 10-man Slovakia on Gigi Di Biagio’s Under-21 debut.
According to Vatican sources, Pope Francis spoke to Mario Balotelli about racism and being a good role model.
Inter’s Ezequiel Schelotto is convinced he’ll have an international future with Italy even though he’s presently looking for a new club.
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli is expected to use a 4-3-2-1 formation in Wednesday’s international friendly against Argentina.
Paris Saint-Germain youngster Marco Verratti has been handed the No 10 shirt for tonight’s international friendly between Italy and Argentina.
Cesare Prandelli “was struck by” the Pope’s comments to the Italy and Argentina squads ahead of tomorrow’s friendly.
After Mario Balotelli and Leo Messi, it’s rumoured Erik Lamela is also in doubt for tomorrow’s Italy-Argentina.
Gigi Di Biagio makes his debut as Italy Under-21 Coach against Slovakia tomorrow. “There will be changes.”
Leo Messi is out of Italy-Argentina due to injury, but he was inspired by meeting Pope Francis. “Respect is the basis of everything.”
Both Mario Balotelli and Lionel Messi are out of Wednesday’s Italy-Argentina friendly.
Gigi Buffon praised the Pope for “helping us to be better,” while Mario Balotelli was visibly moved by their private meeting.
Pope Francis met with the Italy and Argentina squads ahead of tomorrow’s game. “Luckily it’s a friendly, otherwise I wouldn’t know who to support!”
Juventus and Italy defender Andrea Barzagli has been ruled out of Wednesday’s friendly against Argentina.
Milan’s Mario Balotelli is a doubt for Wednesday’s international friendly between Italy and Argentina.
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has conceded that Wednesday’s friendly against Argentina will be ‘special’.
Lazio’s Lucas Biglia will be part of the Argentina squad to face Italy this week, and the midfielder has admitted it will be ‘a great challenge’.
Roma star Erik Lamela can’t wait for the “double emotion” of playing Italy-Argentina and meeting Pope Francis.
Lionel Messi is at risk for Argentina’s friendly with Italy in Rome due to a muscular problem.
Giuseppe Rossi admits it would be “an absolute dream to play at the World Cup,” but first he must prove himself at Fiorentina.
Alberto Gilardino and Luca Antonelli are “very happy” to be in the Italy side against Argentina.
Roberto Insigne and Kingsley Boateng are in Italy’s Under-20 squad for the Four Nations tournament.
Pablo Daniel Osvaldo has been recalled for Italy’s friendly against Argentina, plus Under-21 stars Lorenzo Insigne and Marco Verratti.
Gigi Di Biagio has dropped Francesco Fedato from Italy’s Under-21 side after he violated the code of ethics.