AZZURRI

Daniele De Rossi has spoken of his relationship with the Italian national team, admitting that before he was a player, he only followed Roma.
Diego Costa has revealed his delight at being called up for the Spanish national team as they prepare to face Italy next week.
Torino forward Ciro Immobile says it would be a dream come true to represent his country at this summer’s World Cup.
Marcello Lippi has performed a surprise U-turn and signed a new contract to stay at Chinese outfit Guangzhou Evergrande.
Vicente del Bosque believes Italy will be Spain’s final great test before the World Cup, as he explains Fernando Llorente’s omission.
FIGC President Giancarlo Abete is reportedly now reluctant to sign Cesare Prandelli to the length of contract he is apparently after.
Juventus forward Fernando Llorente has missed out on inclusion in the Spain squad to face Italy next week, but Diego Costa is in.
Cesare Prandelli will name his Italy squad to play Spain on Sunday, whilst speculation is out on who may make his March training camp too.
The Italian Football Federation have added their name to a campaign against homophobia, which had seen Davide Moscardelli and Daniele Dessena abused online.
Domenico Berardi and Alessio Romagnoli are in the Italy Under-21 side to face Northern Ireland on March 5.
Corriere dello Sport are reporting that the cost of paying top-flight referees in Italy can be around €5m a season.
There are surprising reports that Cesare Prandelli is ready to commit to a new contract as Italy Coach, to see him through to June 2018.
Andrea Pirlo has praised Liverpool and England midfielder Steven Gerrard, as they prepare to face each other at the World Cup.
Atalanta playmaker Giacomo Bonaventura has admitted he is still harbouring ambitions of playing in the World Cup.
Tuttosport are reporting that Marcello Lippi is in the frame to become the new Coach of the Chinese national team.
Zdenek Zeman has enthused at Marco Verratti’s development at PSG and urged that he go to the World Cup as Andrea Pirlo’s understudy.
Italy’s qualification route to Euro 2016 has been mapped out and will begin and end with fixtures against Norway.
Norway boss Per-Mathias Hogmo has suggested that Group H qualifying alongside Italy, Croatia and Bulgaria could be tight.
Croatia Coach Niko Kovac is the first to list Italy as favourites in Group H qualifying for the 2016 European Championships.
Cesare Prandelli has warned that Italy’s Euro 2016 qualifying draw is ‘not as easy as many could think’, as he runs through the opponents.
Malta’s Rowen Muscat believes his nation’s previous meetings with Italy and Bulgaria may help in Euro 2016 qualifying.
Italy have drawn Croatia, Norway, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan and Malta in qualifying Group H for the 2016 European Championships.
Andrea Pirlo is planning a Juventus renewal, shrugging off Real Madrid and Milan, but will quit Italy after the World Cup.
Japan Coach Alberto Zaccheroni dropped hints he’s available for the Italy job after Cesare Prandelli. “I’ll wait until after the World Cup.”
Italy await the Euro 2016 qualifying draw on Sunday morning and are hoping to avoid Belgium.