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Sweden and Serie A legend Kurt Hamrin insists Zlatan Ibrahimovic was “a weight on their shoulders” and can’t believe Lorenzo Insigne is benched.
Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir will officiate the first leg of Italy’s World Cup play-off with Sweden in Stockholm tomorrow.
Sweden Captain Andreas Granqvist believes “the pressure is all on Italy” ahead of tomorrow’s game.
Sweden Coach Janne Andersson confirms “I’ve already decided” who will play against Italy tomorrow.
Christian Maggio confirms Napoli are aiming for the Scudetto this season, admitting “there’s no point hiding it”.
Simone Zaza pulled up with a knee injury in training today, so he’s a major doubt for Italy’s play-off with Sweden.
FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio assures “we have good feelings” about Italy’s play-off with Sweden.
Today is the 43rd birthday of Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero, a World Cup winner with Italy in 2006.
Claudio Ranieri doesn’t expect an easy play-off for Italy, because “Sweden are super-organised and have nothing to lose”.
Giorgio Chiellini warns the odds of Italy getting past Sweden are “50-50”, and laments the loss of “real defenders”.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic feels his absence “lowered the level” of the Sweden squad, but Italy must make better use of Marco Verratti.
Leonardo Bonucci warned Italy that “missing out on the World Cup is not an option” ahead of their crunch play-off with Sweden.
Zenit St Petersburg defender Domenico Criscito “would be very happy to come to Napoli, but it’s unlikely,” said his agent.
Mauro Camoranesi trusts Italy will beat Sweden in the World Cup play-off, but insists Antonio Di Natale was more “technically-gifted” than Andrea Pirlo.
Leonardo Spinazzola pulled up during Italy’s training session today and is in doubt for the World Cup play-off with Sweden.
Brazil “intended to call Jorginho in March,” reveals his agent, but the Napoli midfielder is committed to Italy, especially for the future.
Italy’s Under-21 side has called up replacements for injured Davide Calabria and Kevin Bonifazi for Tuesday’s friendly against Russia.
Sweden’s Serie A based players Emil Krafth and Marcus Rohden will “trash-talk” Marco Verratti and Lorenzo Insigne in the World Cup playoff.
Andrea Pirlo sent a thank you message to football fans after hanging up his boots. “I would never have imagined” such a response.
Italy tested the 3-5-2 formation again, as Eder and Simone Zaza battle to partner Ciro Immobile against Sweden, dropping Lorenzo Insigne.
Daniele De Rossi praises Andrea Pirlo’s “exceptional career”, as well as calling him “a true friend”.
Ciro Immobile comes to the defence of Italy CT Giampiero Ventura - “I know him well, he just needs time”.
Iker Casillas sees Gianluigi Donnarumma as the heir to Gigi Buffon, but hopes the Juventus veteran keeps playing.
Italy's Daniele De Rossi admits he’s glad Sweden don’t have Zlatan Ibrahimovic anymore - “at 40 with a broken leg I’d never want Ibra against me”.
Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi claims “cold blood will be needed” against Sweden in the World Cup playoffs.