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.
Prandelli: We can have a good WC
Cesare Prandelli has claimed that he is not reading too much into Italy’s 1-1 draw with Luxembourg on Wednesday.
Di Biagio delighted with U-21 win
Luigi Di Biagio was pleased with the performance of his Italy Under-21 side this evening.
Italy held to draw with Luxembourg
Claudio Marchisio’s early header was cancelled out late on by Maxime Chanot, as Italy could only draw 1-1 with Luxembourg.
Cesare Prandelli has made eight changes to the side that drew with Republic of Ireland, as Italy prepare to face Luxembourg this evening.
Italy's U-21s beat Montenegro
Italy’s Under-21s have beaten Montenegro in today’s friendly encounter at Castel di Sangro.
Sven: England have no chance
Sven-Goran Eriksson has insisted that England have ‘absolutely no chance’ of winning the World Cup.
Wolski 'surprised' by Rossi omission
Rafal Wolski can’t believe that Fiorentina teammate Giuseppe Rossi has been omitted from the Italy World Cup squad.
Barzagli misses Luxembourg with fever
Andrea Barzagli is still struggling with a fever and will miss Italy’s game with Luxembourg this evening.
Mirante to go to Brazil
It has been announced by the FIGC that goalkeeper Antonio Mirante will remain with the Italy squad as they head to Brazil.
Galatasaray make Balotelli offer?
Reports in the Turkish media are that Galatasaray have made an offer of €20m for Milan’s Mario Balotelli.
Lippi wants Balo repeat
Former Italy Coach Marcello Lippi is hoping Mario Balotelli can replicate the form he showed at Euro 2012 in this summer’s World Cup.
Zanetti convinced by Balotelli
Javier Zanetti is convinced that Mario Balotelli will be able to fulfil his potential once he has found the correct balance in his life.
Gerrard: England will practise penalties
England captain Steven Gerrard insists his team will be practising penalties a lot in the build up to the World Cup.
'Friendlies in preparation for Italy'
England boss Roy Hodgson has admitted that their next two friendlies are in preparation for the match with Italy in 11 days’ time.
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