AZZURRI

There are six new faces in Italy’s Under-21 side against Belgium, including players at Hoffenheim and Real Madrid.
Cesare Prandelli will call Mario Balotelli against Denmark and Armenia despite his ban. “He has paid for his actions.”
Italy’s hopes of calling up Mauro Icardi have vanished, as the Inter striker was picked for Argentina after Leo Messi’s injury.
Mauro Icardi’s agent has claimed that the young striker is focusing purely on playing well for Inter.
Mario Balotelli apologised to Milan and the referee for his ban, “but it’s not as if I killed someone.”
Udinese boss Francesco Guidolin is tempted by international management, but he doesn’t expect to be Cesare Prandelli’s successor with Italy.
The agent of Torino’s Danilo D'Ambrosio wouldn’t be surprised to see his client rewarded with an international call-up.
Milan’s Mario Balotelli could be omitted from the next Italy squad as further punishment for his three-match ban.
Torino’s Danilo D'Ambrosio is not listening to rumours that he could be included in the next Italy squad.
Torino chief Urbano Cairo wouldn’t be surprised to see Danilo D’Ambrosio break into the Italian national set-up.
Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli admits Giuseppe Rossi and Lorenzo Insigne are “surprising” him, while Francesco Totti could be at the World Cup.
Cesare Prandelli praised Roma Coach Rudi Garcia for his “innovative ideas” ahead of the Rome Derby.
Verona’s Brazilian midfielder Raphael Martinho has made himself available to the Italian national side – even if he concedes a possible call-up may be some way off.
Alessandro Matri is hoping his move to Milan will help secure him a place at the 2014 World Cup with Italy.
Stefano Pioli says he feels he has what it would take to become the national boss of Italy – but Bologna are his focus for now.
Roberto Mancini says he would gladly consider becoming the new Coach of Italy if he was offered the job.
Cesare Prandelli has again underlined that a decision on whether he remains as Italy boss or not will be made before the World Cup Finals.
Francesco Lodi has played down suggestions that his strike in the Genoa derby was a signal to Italy boss Cesare Prandelli.
Roberto Mancini praised Carlos Tevez – “when he wasn’t playing golf” – doubts Mario Balotelli has matured and put himself forward for the Italy job.
Japan Coach Alberto Zaccheroni maintains he does “not feel like a candidate” to succeed Cesare Prandelli for Italy.
Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli will watch Giuseppe Rossi and Marco Sau in Sunday’s Fiorentina-Cagliari.
Fabio Capello insists he will retire after the Russia job, but doesn’t believe Max Allegri is the right man for Italy.
Manuel Pasqual required further treatment for a head injury sustained for Italy, as the Fiorentina captain now has 50 stitches.
Italy have climbed to fourth place in the FIFA World Ranking, behind only Spain, Argentina and Germany.
Mattia Destro is happy with Italy’s qualification for World Cup 2014, but his priority for now remains returning to action with Roma.