AZZURRI

Andrea Barzagli will stay in Italy’s Euro 2012 squad after tests showed he might be able to recover for the Ireland game.
Domenico Criscito is still furious he was dropped for Euro 2012 when he is in what he calls “the same situation” as Leonardo Bonucci.
Gianluigi Buffon has revealed his excitement that the European Championships are due to kick off today, and admits to a bit of nervous apprehension.
Victor Valdes has reiterated Gerard Pique’s point that Spain’s best hopes of overcoming Italy on Sunday lie in stopping Andrea Pirlo.
Giorgio Chiellini believes that Italy have the capacity to beat world and European champions Spain on Sunday afternoon.
Spain centre-back Gerard Pique has warned his teammates that Italy remain a strong force ahead of their Euro 2012 clash on Sunday.
Daniele De Rossi has admitted today that there is a very strong chance that he will end up playing Italy’s opening game of Euro 2012 in defence.
Italy left-back Federico Balzaretti has admitted that he doesn’t know if he will remain at Palermo for next season.
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli tested 4-3-1-2 and 3-4-3 systems in this morning’s training session ahead of their Euro 2012 opener.
Carlo Ancelotti thinks that Italy will benefit with the proposed first team introduction of Paris Saint-Germain’s Thiago Motta.
Former Italy boss Cesare Maldini thinks the Azzurri may be short of a true centre-forward at Euro 2012.
As Euro 2012 kicks off, former Italy boss Roberto Donadoni has looked back to his side’s 2008 elimination by Spain
Giovanni Trapattoni is hoping that Spain and Italy draw in Sunday evening’s Group C opening fixture at Euro 2012.
Thiago Motta insists that tactics alone will not be enough for Italy in their Euro 2012 encounter against Spain.
The uncapped Emanuele Giaccherini says he’s ready to start against Spain should boss Cesare Prandelli opt for him in a 3-5-2 system.
Fabio Capello doesn’t seem to be overly optimistic about Italy’s chances of success at the 2012 European Championship.
Italy playmaker Andrea Pirlo was back in training on Thursday after he was rested as a precautionary measure yesterday.
Andrea Pirlo has slight bruising on his calf, but is not thought to be at risk for Italy’s opening Euro 2012 game.
UEFA President Michel Platini sniped at Cesare Prandelli for threatening to pull Italy out of Euro 2012 and revealed Mario Balotelli “will be punished” if he walks off due to racist abuse.
Andrea Pirlo and Andrea Barzagli skipped today’s training session as Italy prepare for Sunday’s Euro 2012 opener against Spain.
Morgan De Sanctis agrees that Italy should switch to Napoli’s 3-5-2 system, but warns against “underestimating” their Group C opponents.
Giorgio Chiellini says a three-man defence which includes Daniele De Rossi could work for Italy at Euro 2012.
Cagliari defender Davide Astori will join up with the Italy squad at their Euro 2012 training base today as cover for Andrea Barzagli.
Italy’s Euro 2012 squad visited the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland on Wednesday morning.
Daniele De Rossi warns Italy to take it “one step at a time,” as their plans in the last World Cup went horribly wrong, and relives their last Euro meeting with Spain.