Hamrin on Zlatan and Insigne
Sweden and Serie A legend Kurt Hamrin insists Zlatan Ibrahimovic was “a weight on their shoulders” and can’t believe Lorenzo Insigne is benched.
Cakir ref for Sweden-Italy
Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir will officiate the first leg of Italy’s World Cup play-off with Sweden in Stockholm tomorrow.
Granqvist: ‘Two finals with Italy’
Sweden Captain Andreas Granqvist believes “the pressure is all on Italy” ahead of tomorrow’s game.
Andersson: ‘Sweden know our team’
Sweden Coach Janne Andersson confirms “I’ve already decided” who will play against Italy tomorrow.
Maggio: ‘Napoli want the Scudetto’
Christian Maggio confirms Napoli are aiming for the Scudetto this season, admitting “there’s no point hiding it”.
Zaza at risk for Sweden
Simone Zaza pulled up with a knee injury in training today, so he’s a major doubt for Italy’s play-off with Sweden.
Tavecchio: ‘Good feeling about Italy’
FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio assures “we have good feelings” about Italy’s play-off with Sweden.
Happy birthday, Del Piero
Today is the 43rd birthday of Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero, a World Cup winner with Italy in 2006.
Ranieri: ‘Sweden have nothing to lose’
Claudio Ranieri doesn’t expect an easy play-off for Italy, because “Sweden are super-organised and have nothing to lose”.
Chiellini: ’50-50 with Sweden’
Giorgio Chiellini warns the odds of Italy getting past Sweden are “50-50”, and laments the loss of “real defenders”.
Ibrahimovic gives Sweden-Italy verdict
Zlatan Ibrahimovic feels his absence “lowered the level” of the Sweden squad, but Italy must make better use of Marco Verratti.
Bonucci: 'Missing World Cup not an option'
Leonardo Bonucci warned Italy that “missing out on the World Cup is not an option” ahead of their crunch play-off with Sweden.
Criscito 'would love Napoli, but...'
Zenit St Petersburg defender Domenico Criscito “would be very happy to come to Napoli, but it’s unlikely,” said his agent.
Camoranesi: 'Di Natale better than Pirlo'
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.
Injury concern for Spinazzola
Leonardo Spinazzola pulled up during Italy’s training session today and is in doubt for the World Cup play-off with Sweden.
Brazil planned Jorginho call
Brazil “intended to call Jorginho in March,” reveals his agent, but the Napoli midfielder is committed to Italy, especially for the future.
U21: Replacements called up
Italy’s Under-21 side has called up replacements for injured Davide Calabria and Kevin Bonifazi for Tuesday’s friendly against Russia.
Sweden 'trash-talk' Italy stars
Sweden’s Serie A based players Emil Krafth and Marcus Rohden will “trash-talk” Marco Verratti and Lorenzo Insigne in the World Cup playoff.
Pirlo: 'Thank you all'
Andrea Pirlo sent a thank you message to football fans after hanging up his boots. “I would never have imagined” such a response.
Eder or Zaza start Sweden-Italy?
Italy tested the 3-5-2 formation again, as Eder and Simone Zaza battle to partner Ciro Immobile against Sweden, dropping Lorenzo Insigne.
De Rossi: ‘Pirlo was exceptional’
Daniele De Rossi praises Andrea Pirlo’s “exceptional career”, as well as calling him “a true friend”.
Immobile: ‘Ventura needs time’
Ciro Immobile comes to the defence of Italy CT Giampiero Ventura - “I know him well, he just needs time”.
‘Donnarumma can replace Buffon’
Iker Casillas sees Gianluigi Donnarumma as the heir to Gigi Buffon, but hopes the Juventus veteran keeps playing.
De Rossi: ‘Glad there’s no Ibra’
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”.
De Rossi demands ‘cold blood’
Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi claims “cold blood will be needed” against Sweden in the World Cup playoffs.
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