‘Long live Mourinho!’
Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli has reacted with caution to Jose Mourinho’s prediction that his team will reach the World Cup final.
‘Balo should do his job’
Cesare Prandelli is adamant that Mario Balotelli should not place too much of a burden upon himself at the World Cup.
Prandelli: Positivity key
Cesare Prandelli says a positive attitude and pride are prerequisites in order to create a winning team.
‘Azzurri won’t be scared’
Cesare Prandelli says Italy will not be scared of their critics when they take on Brazilian club side Fluminense on Sunday.
Prandelli wants Azzurri unpredictability
Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli is pleased his team’s critics are struggling to work out their formation, insisting the Azzurri want to be unpredictable.
Ox: Fingers crossed
England’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains hopeful of playing a major part in this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
'We've been working like crazy'
Daniele De Rossi has praised Italy’s preparation for this summer’s World Cup, and believes that the Azzurri can do well in Brazil.
De Rossi: I’m not a killer
Daniele De Rossi says he wouldn’t implement a code of ethics if he were a Coach, and outlines that he is ‘not a killer, nor a thug’.
Italy arrive in Rio de Janeiro
Italy’s World Cup squad have touched down in Rio de Janeiro after a 12-hour flight from Rome and will now transfer to their training base.
Di Canio: England have a problem
Paolo Di Canio has explained his reservations about England’s chances at the World Cup, and what Italy have to their advantage.
‘We’re optimistic for Oxlade-Chamberlain’
Roy Hodgson says that the England camp are optimistic of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s chances of playing in the World Cup.
Day off for Azzurri
Italy’s World Cup squad have had a day of rest as they prepare to fly out to Brazil this evening.
Lippi calls for calm
Marcello Lippi has called for calm and perspective in the wake of Italy’s shock friendly draw with Luxembourg last night.
Oxlade-Chamberlain out for…
Sky sources are reporting that England’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be out of action for up to three weeks.
Italy ninth heading to Brazil
FIFA have released the latest World Rankings and heading into the World Cup Italy will remain placed ninth overall.
Scholes: England must stop Pirlo
Paul Scholes has advised England to pay particular attention to Andrea Pirlo, if they want to pick up a result against Italy next week.
Gattuso: Brazil a step ahead
Gennaro Gattuso has explained why he sees Brazil as ‘a step ahead of everyone else’ at the World Cup, and who Italy will be relying on to do well.
England have injury concern
England’s World Cup preparations have been dealt a blow with youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believed to have suffered knee ligament damage.
Italy set to depart for Rio
Italy will this evening fly out from Rome to Rio de Janeiro to begin their World Cup campaign in earnest.
‘Alongside Baggio, Pirlo greatest’
Gianluigi Buffon has compared Andrea Pirlo’s ‘genius’ to that of Roberto Baggio and made clear Italy’s match with England is ‘not a play-off’.
Cavani leads Uruguay to victory
Uruguay continued their warm-up to the World Cup with a 2-0 victory over Slovenia in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Verratti: Result not important
Marco Verratti has insisted that Italy will be ready once the World Cup comes around.
Chiellini: Sorry about the result
Giorgio Chiellini has apologised for Italy’s 1-1 draw with Luxembourg on Wednesday evening.
De Sciglio: We need to improve
Mattia De Sciglio has conceded that Italy need to improve in attack if they are to have a good World Cup.
England draw with Ecuador
England have drawn their second pre-World Cup friendly being held 2-2 by Ecuador in Miami.
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