AZZURRI

Andrea Pirlo is confident Italy “are ready for the World Cup,” and Mario Balotelli “will be important, just like the others.”
Italy will play against Brazilian side Fluminense on June 8, while the provisional World Cup squad is named on Tuesday.
Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli says he would not have any of England’s players in his Azzurri squad.
Roma’s Mattia Destro believes he has made a good case to be selected in Italy’s World Cup squad for the summer.
Marco Verratti is ‘calm’ about the prospect of making Italy’s squad for this summer’s World Cup.
Luca Toni is trying to think ‘as little as possible’ about the World Cup, despite an unbelievable goalscoring season for Verona.
Thiago Silva recommends PSG teammate Alex to Milan, backs Ricky Kaka and Clarence Seedorf and assesses Italy’s World Cup threats.
Italy remain in ninth place in the latest edition of the FIFA World Rankings, which were announced this morning.
Cesare Prandelli says that one of the reasons he has decided to stay on at Italy Coach was that the timing ‘didn’t feel right’ to open talks with clubs.
Cesare Prandelli has mused on the differences he sees between Serie A and other leagues, such as La Liga and the Premier League.
Giorgio Chiellini has outlined his belief that Italy must advance to the knockout stages at the World Cup because: “We can compete with anyone.”
Cesare Prandelli has reiterated that no-one is guaranteed a spot in his Italy squad, as he confirms he will select seven strikers next week for five places.
Fiorentina’s Giuseppe Rossi says he will have to prove his fitness if he is to make Italy’s World Cup squad this summer.
Milan legend Arrigo Sacchi believes Rossoneri Coach Clarence Seedorf should adapt his style of play to suit his players.
Il Mattino believe that Lorenzo Insigne has played his way into Italy’s provisional World Cup squad and Giuseppe Rossi may not make the cut.
Italy’s pre-World Cup friendly with Luxembourg will be at the Stadio Curi in Perugia on June 4.
Giuseppe Rossi has admitted to mixed feelings after he returned from injury on Saturday, but lost the Coppa Italia Final.
Italian national team boss Cesare Prandelli believes that they are ‘ahead of schedule’ for the World Cup.
Cesare Prandelli has congratulated Juventus after they claimed their third successive title on Sunday.
Thiago Motta trusts “if Italy keep Wayne Rooney quiet, then we will get the result we want” against England.
Roma’s Alessandro Florenzi says he has still not given up hope of representing his country at this summer’s World Cup.
Napoli’s Christian Maggio is still hopeful of making Cesare Prandelli’s World Cup squad despite his recent injury lay-off.
England will name their provisional 30-man squad for the World Cup on May 12, it has been revealed.
Cesare Prandelli says he has the Italy squad’s full backing on his code of ethics and says it will only be dropped when that does not exist.
Cesare Prandelli has warned that Italy face at the World Cup an ‘important’ match against a stronger England than from Euro 2012.