Hodgson on Ciro, Balo and Pirlo
England Coach Roy Hodgson says he has no preference as to who he would rather played for Italy out of Ciro Immobile and Mario Balotelli.
Hodgson: Nothing wrong with Gerrard
England Coach Roy Hodgson says there is ‘absolutely nothing wrong’ with Three Lions captain Steven Gerrard.
Balo applauded, Verratti still out
Mario Balotelli received a lengthy round of applause as Italy training began this morning, following the news of his engagement.
Jonathan ‘100 per cent Brazilian’
Inter’s Jonathan says he considers himself 100 per cent Brazilian but would still consider playing for Italy in future.
Costa Rica arrive in Brazil
The Costa Rica squad have arrived in Brazil ahead of their upcoming World Cup campaign.
‘Immobile, Insigne are imaginative’
Former Napoli forward Careca has backed Naples-natives Lorenzo Insigne and Ciro Immobile to impress for Italy at the World Cup.
Wilshere: We have Pirlo plan
Jack Wilshere has outlined England’s respect for Andrea Pirlo and admitted tactics are being set up with him in mind.
Balotelli gets engaged
Mario Balotelli’s preparations for the 2014 World Cup were put to one side this week, as he proposed to his girlfriend.
Schillaci: Immobile can impress
Toto Schillaci believes that ‘despite little international experience’, Ciro Immobile can ‘impress everyone’ with Italy at the World Cup.
‘Immobile like Schillaci? Not yet’
Azeglio Vicini says it is too soon to be comparing Ciro Immobile to Toto Schillaci, as he eases defensive concern and dismisses England’s threat.
‘A better England against Italy’
Roy Hodgson says that England will deal with the threat posed by Andrea Pirlo and Italy by playing better than they did during their Euro 2012 meeting.
Groin injury for Gerrard, but…
England captain Steven Gerrard did not take a full part in training yesterday, but remains in line to be fit to face Italy on Saturday.
Prandelli on Balo, Trap & rotation
Cesare Prandelli says his Italy team will need to demonstrate flexibility throughout their World Cup campaign.
Prandelli happy with ovation
Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli is pleased with the positive reception his side have received since their arrival in Brazil.
‘No more errors!’
Cesare Prandelli has called for Italy to cut out their defensive lapses in concentration ahead of the World Cup.
Prandelli: Everyone matters
Cesare Prandelli insists every one of his Italy World Cup squad should feel as if they will be starting every game.
‘Ciro-Balo would be forced’
Cesare Prandelli has hinted he would only play Ciro Immobile and Mario Balotelli together if it were forced upon him.
Prandelli unconcerned by defence
Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli is not overly concerned by his defence, despite their concession of three goals to Fluminense.
Prandelli: Italy always pessimistic
Cesare Prandelli believes the Italian media and public always approach international tournaments with pessimism.
'Italy have a little bit of everything'
Marco Amelia is confident that Italy can do well at the World Cup, insisting that the Azzurri have a ‘complete squad’.
Trap: Prandelli a condemned man
Giovanni Trapattoni believes that whatever Cesare Prandelli does in Brazil this summer, it won’t be good enough.
‘Perin’s error not important’
Mattia Perin’s agent has played down his error made for Italy yesterday and also reports linking him with Monaco.
Mancini: Staying at Gala
Roberto Mancini has reaffirmed his commitment to Galatasaray, run through transfer plans and considered his World Cup favourites.
‘Italy mustn’t be over-confident’
One of Italy’s 1982 World Cup-winning squad has backed Cesare Prandelli’s side to do well in Brazil, but warned of over-confidence.
Suarez: No World Cup doubt
Luis Suarez has made clear he has no doubts about returning for Uruguay in time for the World Cup, though he won’t commit to what game.
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