New Italy faces for Spain friendly
Ciro Immobile, Gabriel Paletta and Mattia Perin get debut senior Italy calls, but Daniele De Rossi is excluded for the friendly with Spain.
De Rossi and Berardi dropped?
Daniele De Rossi and Domenico Berardi are expected to be dropped from international duty for breaking the code of ethics.
Spain-Italy: Destro in for Balotelli
Mario Balotelli pulled out of Milan-Juventus and also Italy’s friendly with Spain, so Mattia Destro should take his place.
Verona for Italy-Luxembourg?
It’s reported Italy’s June 4 friendly against Luxembourg will be played at the Stadio Bentegodi in Verona.
Immobile and Paletta for Azzurri
Cesare Prandelli is expected to name Ciro Immobile and Gabriel Paletta in his Italy squad to face Spain.
De Rossi: Roma was my life
Daniele De Rossi has spoken of his relationship with the Italian national team, admitting that before he was a player, he only followed Roma.
Costa: Italy best possible opponents
Diego Costa has revealed his delight at being called up for the Spanish national team as they prepare to face Italy next week.
Immobile’s Azzurri dream
Torino forward Ciro Immobile says it would be a dream come true to represent his country at this summer’s World Cup.
Lippi to stay with Evergrande
Marcello Lippi has performed a surprise U-turn and signed a new contract to stay at Chinese outfit Guangzhou Evergrande.
Del Bosque: Italy a great test
Vicente del Bosque believes Italy will be Spain’s final great test before the World Cup, as he explains Fernando Llorente’s omission.
Abete, Prandelli differ on contract?
FIGC President Giancarlo Abete is reportedly now reluctant to sign Cesare Prandelli to the length of contract he is apparently after.
Llorente doesn’t make Spain squad
Juventus forward Fernando Llorente has missed out on inclusion in the Spain squad to face Italy next week, but Diego Costa is in.
Prandelli to go strong against Spain
Cesare Prandelli will name his Italy squad to play Spain on Sunday, whilst speculation is out on who may make his March training camp too.
FIGC, Azzurri support rainbow laces
The Italian Football Federation have added their name to a campaign against homophobia, which had seen Davide Moscardelli and Daniele Dessena abused online.
U21: Berardi for Northern Ireland game
Domenico Berardi and Alessio Romagnoli are in the Italy Under-21 side to face Northern Ireland on March 5.
Referees ‘cost €5m a season’
Corriere dello Sport are reporting that the cost of paying top-flight referees in Italy can be around €5m a season.
Four more years for Prandelli?
There are surprising reports that Cesare Prandelli is ready to commit to a new contract as Italy Coach, to see him through to June 2018.
Pirlo: Gerrard is a great pro
Andrea Pirlo has praised Liverpool and England midfielder Steven Gerrard, as they prepare to face each other at the World Cup.
Bonaventura admits to WC dream
Atalanta playmaker Giacomo Bonaventura has admitted he is still harbouring ambitions of playing in the World Cup.
Lippi linked with China post
Tuttosport are reporting that Marcello Lippi is in the frame to become the new Coach of the Chinese national team.
Zeman: Verratti must go to Brazil
Zdenek Zeman has enthused at Marco Verratti’s development at PSG and urged that he go to the World Cup as Andrea Pirlo’s understudy.
Italy’s Euro 2016 qualifying dates
Italy’s qualification route to Euro 2016 has been mapped out and will begin and end with fixtures against Norway.
‘An exciting but tight group’
Norway boss Per-Mathias Hogmo has suggested that Group H qualifying alongside Italy, Croatia and Bulgaria could be tight.
Kovac: Italy are favourites
Croatia Coach Niko Kovac is the first to list Italy as favourites in Group H qualifying for the 2016 European Championships.
Prandelli: Draw not that easy
Cesare Prandelli has warned that Italy’s Euro 2016 qualifying draw is ‘not as easy as many could think’, as he runs through the opponents.
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